Two Burnaby, B.C., men — including the son of notorious former Hells Angel Juel Stanton — are in custody after alleged involvement in a "frenetic" string of armed robberies spanning seven jurisdictions in three weeks.
Dillon Juel Stanton, 26, is facing 12 charges: 10 counts of robbery with a firearm, one count of possessing a firearm without a licence and one count of possessing the identity documents of another person, Coquitlam RCMP announced today.
Stanton's father was a well-known Hells Angel, who was gunned down in the yard of his Vancouver home on Aug. 12, 2010, the day of a scheduled court appearance.
Also charged is Nicholas Lenard Traviss, 20, who faces 10 counts of robbery with a firearm.
The pair were arrested on March 13, shortly after the last armed robbery in the string, said Cpl. Michael McLaughlin of Coquitlam RCMP.
Police feared escalating violence
The investigation includes at least 10 armed robberies, and five break and enters to homes, at locations in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Langley, Mission, Ridge Meadows, Surrey, and Coquitlam, between Feb. 20 and Mar. 13.
"This robbery series was very active, very frenetic," said McLaughlin.
"Just when investigators would start getting their hands on one robbery another one would happen, sometimes in the same day."
Police were worried about escalating criminality and violence in the crimes, though McLaughlin said to his knowledge, no residents were home during the break and enters.
Police obtained a search warrant for a storage locker and recovered stolen property from four separate robberies, including cigarettes, vaping supplies, video games, lottery tickets and firearms.
"This is a complicated investigation," said McLaughlin. "We are still in the process of returning stolen goods and forwarding evidence to Crown Counsel."
The next court appearance for Stanton and Traviss is scheduled for tomorrow.
McLaughlin said it's often hard for police to determine the rightful owner of stolen goods, and it's important to photograph valuable property and record serial numbers.