Bank employees and customers alike are likely breathing easier now that a man has been arrested and charged for a pair of armed robberies in Port Coquitlam and Surrey.
Richard Cody Graham, a 33-year-old Surrey man, is accused of two robberies that happened on the same day on December 16, 2016. The Coquitlam RCMP Robbery Section was able to identify a suspect with the help of fellow RCMP investigators in Penticton and Kelowna who believe they recognized Graham. After the initial identification, Coquitlam RCMP Robbery Section worked with Surrey RCMP, Langley RCMP, Ridge Meadows RCMP, Air One, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team to gather evidence for charges.
Graham was arrested in Surrey on January 6, 2017, and shortly thereafter police used warrants to search two locations in Surrey. Graham was formally charged January 9, 2017, with a single count of robbery with a firearm and an additional charge of robbery.
Both robberies were committed in the middle of a typical Friday. Fortunately, the bank employees did everything they could to keep people safe and no one was physically hurt.
Robbing a bank has far-reaching consequences beyond simply victimizing the bank itself; everyone who is working or banking at the time of a robbery faces disruption and emotional consequences.
Graham is currently in custody in Coquitlam and awaiting his next court date.