Duo accused of robbing 34 Metro Vancouver banks

Charges laid in spree of stickups that happened as often as twice a day

Surveillance camera image of a suspect in one of the 34 robberies and banks and credit unions in the Metro Vancouver area late last year.

Surveillance camera image of a suspect in one of the 34 robberies and banks and credit unions in the Metro Vancouver area late last year.

Police have arrested two men who face charges in 34 bank robberies across Metro Vancouver in late 2011.

Duane Robert Burd, 39, of Coquitlam, is charged with 20 counts of robbery and six counts of using an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence.

Timothy Peter Everett, 30, of no fixed address, is charged with 11 counts of robbery, including three of using an imitation gun in commission of an offence.

He also faces charges of theft and assault in connection with incidents in New Westminster.

The robbery charges relate to bank heists in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Langley, Coquitlam and Maple Ridge that were carried out between Oct. 11 and Dec. 20.

Vancouver Police Det. Const. Dean Wells said VPD investigators worked with counterparts from New Westminster Police and multiple RCMP detachments to detect patterns that tied the robberies together.

Suspects were committing holdups at a rate of every two and a half days, and sometimes committed two robberies in the same day, according to the VPD.

The accused were relatively unknown to police prior to the stick-up spree and left no physical evidence behind.