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Public helps foil Richmond bank robbery #2

Witnesses thwarted attempted car-jacking following robbery at Granville Avenue and No. 3 Road last week
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Another bank robbery has been foiled in Richmond and this time, it was members of the public who stepped up to arrest the spike in the city’s latest crime spree.

Just after 3 p.m. last Friday, a bank near Granville Avenue and No. 3 Road was robbed and, as the suspect attempted to flee the scene, he tried to car-jack a nearby vehicle.

However, witnesses at the scene, according to police, helped thwart the suspect’s attempts to steal the car.

Mounties were on the scene within a few minutes of the robbery being reported and the suspect, who is in his 20s and is known to police, was arrested.

Last Wednesday, May 13, a suspected bank robber was arrested after a Mountie drove by the scene of the crime in progress — about 300 metres from Richmond RCMP’s headquarters.

The man, in his mid-40s, was spotted by the officer trying to flee on a bike from a bank on the south-east corner of the No. 5 Road and Steveston Highway intersection.