UPDATED: Teen arrested, accused in a series of bank robberies

Coquitlam RCMP released a picture of the accused last week. He was arrested in Surrey on Thursday.

  • Thu Jun 9th, 2016 8:00pm
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Coquitlam RCMP have released this photo of 18-year-old Cang Wawu accused in a series of robberies

Surrey RCMP has arrested 18 year old Cang Wawu who is alleged to have committed a series of bank robberies throughout the Lower Mainland.

After several financial institutional robberies were committed over a short period in several jurisdictions, including in Langley, investigators from Surrey, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Vancouver and Burnaby quickly identified a suspect.

Surrey RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) used crime analysis to lead them to where Wawu was suspected to be living. He was quickly located and arrested without incident on June 9 in Surrey.

Wawu is currently charged with three counts of robbery: two from Surrey and one from Coquitlam.  He remains in custody.  Investigators are still working together and believe more charges will be forthcoming.

“Surrey RCMP was able to quickly apprehend Mr. Wawu as a result of intelligence-led policing and collaboration across a variety of police agencies,” says Insp. Celso DeLemos, senior investigator.  “This is a significant arrest that has disrupted the actions of one person who can be attributed to numerous crimes.”