A Port Coquitlam man received seven years jail time for several robberies, many of which were committed in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
Anthony Robert Bakker was convicted in Port Coquitlam provincial court on Sept. 11.
The big break in the case came when Coquitlam RCMP arrested the 37-yearold after he robbed a Port Coquitlam liquor store.
Investigators then managed to link him to similar cases in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby, and Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
Following up on that arrest, police searched his residence and seized evidence resulting in the conviction, said Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.
He was charged with five robberies and one theft in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, according to Dunlop.
"As a result of a collaborative police investigation between Ridge Meadows RCMP's street enforcement unit and Coquitlam RCMP's robbery section, Mr. Bakker will be off our streets for a good period of time," Dunlop said.
"Police hope this arrest and conviction assist the traumatized victims of Bakker's crime spree," Dunlop added.
Businesses that Bakker robbed included beer and wine stores and convenience stores where he got lottery tickets and money.
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