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Suspect in Subway robberies works way through court

A man believed to be responsible for a six-day crime spree, robbing Subways and other food outlets throughout Langley, is working his way through the court system.

Edward Joseph Biwer, 23, from Surrey, made an appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on Thursday, charged with nine counts each of robbery, assault with a weapon and disguise with intent.

A woman, aged 31, and also from Surrey, is suspected of being the driver in all nine robberies and was also charged but not named by police.

From Feb. 2 through 8, nine robberies took place at Edible Arrangements, and various Subways and pizza establishments, with three being committed in a single day.

The suspect wore a bandana, a baseball cap and a hoodie and used bear spray as his weapon in many robberies, said then-Langley RCMP Insp. Amrik Virk, who at the time announced the arrest at a press conference at the Langley detachment.

In one of the robberies, only $15 was taken. However, the suspect made off with as much as $400 in one instance.

On four occasions, the suspect used pepper spray as he exited.

Using surveillance, a vehicle was located after a pizza place was robbed and followed to the Esso gas station at 72 Avenue and 200 Street, where it stopped.

Police approached the vehicle and arrested a man and woman without incident.

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