Man charged with robberies related to on-line sales


2020-01-24 13:44 PST

File # 2020-9188/2020-9501

A 20-year-old man is facing robbery charges following his arrest by the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit for two incidents which took place a day apart.

The first incident occurred on January 18, 2020, just after 5:00 pm near the Surrey Public Library. The victim arranged a meeting with a potential buyer for a cell phone they had advertised for sale on social media. When the meeting took place the victim was allegedly assaulted, and their phone was stolen.

On January 19, 2020, just before noon, a similar incident took place outside a Surrey shopping centre, but the victim was able to run away and their phone was not stolen.

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit arrested 20-year-old, Joseph Peake, of no fixed address, on January 19, 2020 and he has been charged with 2 counts of robbery and 3 counts of breaching court conditions.

There is a heightened risk to personal safety when meeting people you don’t know, even in a public space, says Cpl. Elenore Sturko, Surrey RCMP. We have seen a number of similar robberies over the past few months and want the public to be aware that there are risks involved in these buy and sell transactions.

Surrey RCMP is providing some personal safety tips that may be helpful when arranging meetings with unknown online parties to buy or sell items:

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Cpl. Elenore Sturko

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776


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