This past month, the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit began an investigation after identifying linkages to three personal robberies that occurred in Surrey. In each of the robberies, the victims had placed an ad on a buy-and-sell website, hoping to sell their smart phones.
When the victims met with the suspect to complete the sale, they were either assaulted or threatened with violence and had their smart phones stolen. Thirty-five-year-old Travis Lanouette of Maple Ridge, has now been charged with three counts of Robbery under the Criminal Code. He is currently in custody.