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Police catch credit union robbery suspect

An off-duty Vancouver Police Department (VPD) officer helped Langley RCMP round up a suspect in two Wednesday afternoon holdups.

The first robbery was unsuccessful.

Around noon on Oct. 5, a man pushed an employee at the Langley Walmart and demanded money from the till.

When the teller told him she couldn't open the till, the would-be robber left.

Police believe the same man robbed the VanCity credit union at 201 Street and 88 Avenue around 2 p.m. the same day.

The male suspect approached the teller, demanded cash, and used a bicycle to flee scene with a small amount of cash.

Langley RCMP said an off-duty VPD officer helped locate and arrest the suspect near the scene of the crime.

A 31-year-old Abbotsford man is facing charges.

The same VanCity branch was robbed less than a month ago on Tuesday, Sept. 13 by a short Caucasian man wearing a white T-shirt and black Adidas track shorts with white stripes on the side.

He arrived shortly before the credit union’s 5  p.m. closing time, demanded money and left with a small sum of cash.

He did not appear to have a weapon.

Anyone with information about the September holdup is asked to call the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.

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