Two charged in multi-jurisdictional mobile phone store, pharmacy robberies

A 22-year-old Abbotsford resident has been arrested, while a 21-year-old Calgary man remains at large. A total of 16 charges, including forcible confinement, have been approved against the couple.

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Two men have been charged following an investigation into robberies that took place at cell phone shops and a pharmacy in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford.

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In one week at the beginning of October last year, a robbery took place in each of the three cities.

The first took place on October 2 at a Surrey cell phone store in the 1600 block of 24th Avenue. The second occurred on October 10 at a Langley cell phone store in the 20100 block of 88th Avenue; the following day, an Abbotsford pharmacy in the 3600 block of Townline Road was also robbed.

No employees were injured in any of the thefts.

Surrey RCMP led the investigation and coordinated resources with Langley RCMP and Abbotsford Police. The investigation led police to execute search warrants at a home in Abbotsford and another property in Calgary. Calgary police assisted with the Alberta warrant and during the search a man was arrested.

Last month, the British Columbia Prosecuting Service approved 16 charges against two men and warrants for their arrests have been issued.

Erat Odongi, a 22-year-old Abbotsford resident, is charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of forcible confinement, and was arrested in Abbotsford on December 20.

Jaden Kahnapace-Newton, a 21-year-old Calgary man, is charged with three counts of robbery, three counts of forcible confinement, three counts of breach of bail order, trafficking in property obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime.

Kahnapace-Newton is still at large.

Thelma J. Longworth