Coquitlam, BC – Two men are facing a total of 22 charges after a series of robberies and break and enters that stretched from February 20, 2017, to March 13, 2017, and covered seven jurisdictions.
Coquitlam RCMP has been leading the investigation but could not have had such a successful outcome without the close cooperation of Abbotsford Police, Burnaby RCMP, Langley RCMP, Mission RCMP, Ridge Meadows RCMP and Surrey RCMP.
The two accused are both from Burnaby. Twenty-year-old Nicholas Lenard Traviss is facing 10 counts of robbery with a firearm. Twenty-six-year-old Dillon Juel Stanton faces 10 counts of robbery with a firearm, one count of possessing a firearm without a license and one count of possessing the identity documents of another person.
Coquitlam RCMP recovered a replica pistol on March 13, 2017, when Stanton and Traviss were arrested. A search warrant was subsequently obtained for a storage locker in Coquitlam where stolen property was recovered from four separate break and enters. Thirteen firearms were recovered and at least four had illegal modifications including filed-off serial numbers. Other items recovered during this investigation included cigarettes, vaping supplies, video games and gaming consoles, and lottery tickets.
This is a complicated investigation and more charges are possible, says Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with the Coquitlam RCMP, we are still in the process of returning stolen goods and forwarding evidence to Crown Counsel. We want to remind everyone of the importance of photographing valuables and recording serial numbers. Police often recover stolen property and face challenges getting that property back to the rightful owner.
“This is a fine example of how we can quickly coordinate resources within the Lower Mainland District Detachments and work with our municipal police partners to bring about a successful conclusion to a series of incidents that caused significant concern across many communities,” says Lower Mainland District Commander Bill Fordy.
Stanton and Traviss are currently in custody and their next court appearance is March 29, 2017.
File # 2017-6829