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Robbery charges laid against man accused of escaping on skates

Suspect, 30, allegedly robbed bakery and gas station with knife


SURREY, B.C. (The Canadian Press) — RCMP say they have arrested a man suspected of robbing three businesses in Surrey, B.C., while wearing inline skates.

Cpl. Scotty Schumann says staff at businesses including a bakery and a gas station were threatened with a knife and robbed during robberies between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4.

The suspect escaped on his skates.

Schumann says sharp-eyed witnesses helped officers quickly locate a possible suspect.

RCMP say information provided by the public was key to the investigation, and Schumann says the case serves as a good example of cooperation between police and the community.

Thirty-year-old Surrey resident David Yasinsky has been charged with three counts of robbery and has been remanded in custody until his next court date.

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