Police urging caution after robbery series involving theft of high-end gaming consoles


2020-11-18 11:21 PST

File # 2020-178056

Surrey RCMP is informing the public of three robberies that occurred in Surrey, within a 24-hour period. Each of the incidents involved the theft of high-end gaming consoles during meet-ups arranged through Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.

On November 16, 2020 shortly after 8:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery near 136A Street and 114 Avenue. A man was robbed of a PlayStation 5 gaming console by two unknown men after arranging a meet up to sell the device through Facebook Marketplace. At the meeting location, two men assaulted the seller and stole the gaming console.

The suspects were described as:

On November 17, 2020 shortly before 3:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of another man who was robbed of his Xbox, in the 6100-block of 146 Street. The seller met a potential buyer on Craigslist and a meeting was arranged. At the meeting location, the seller was bear sprayed and robbed by three men.

Approximately an hour later, shortly before 4:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report that a third man was also robbed of his PlayStation 5, in the 8200-block of 168A Street. The seller met the interested buyer on Craigslist and was bear sprayed and robbed of the gaming console during the meet-up. The suspects were described as three South Asian males.

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit has assumed conduct of all three investigation and are working to identify the suspects.

The Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit is urging the public to use caution when arranging meet-ups using online marketplace apps. The following safety tips are recommended when meeting with unknown persons to buy or sell an item:

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.


Released by

Cpl. Joanie Sidhu

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776
Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca 


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