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Charges laid in juice bar robberies

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A 29-year-old Surrey man has been charged with eight counts of robbery in connection with a series of holdups, including those at three Booster Juice stores in South Surrey and Langley.

The charges also relate to incidents at three Subway outlets and one Quizno's in Surrey, as well as a Langley tanning salon.

The robberies took place between June 2 and June 14, Surrey Provincial Court records show.

Clayton Norris is due back in court July 3.

More charges are possible, police said.

Security footage from the holdup at the Langley Booster Juice showed a Caucasian man in his 20s, wearing a hoodie and a glove on one hand, who threatened a store cashier with a knife.

The suspect was wearing sunglasses and a baseball hat with "Police" embroidered on the front.

The incident was one of three robberies at the chain of juice bars in less than two weeks:

On June 3, the Booster Juice outlet at 15161 Hwy. 10 in South Surrey was robbed at 7:30 p.m. by a man with a knife; on June 7, another South Surrey Booster Juice store, at 15355 24 Ave., was robbed around 2:30 p.m.; and on June 11, the Langley Booster Juice at 20159 88 Ave. was robbed around 5:15 p.m.

In each case, the robber fled on foot with a few hundred dollars.

Langley RCMP said the suspect was arrested as a result of a conversation between a Langley store owner who had just been robbed and a passerby.

“We’d like to convey our appreciation and thanks to the two civilians who provided key information to police, which assisted us in making an arrest,” Sgt. Ravinder Pawar said Thursday.

“We just needed the last piece of the puzzle from the public in order to gather evidence to support robbery charges.”

The tip came in June 19.

On June 21, Surrey RCMP’s Strike Force Target Team in collaboration with Langley RCMP arrested Norris.

“Since the start of this investigation both detachments have been working together sharing information and resources,” Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger said.

“Investigators would like to point out that high-quality video images were helpful in quickly identifying a suspect. They would also like to thank some keen-eyed members of the public for their observations which helped assist them in making this arrest.”

Anyone who has not spoken to police who may have further information on these robberies is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

Or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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