Pair arrested for string of robberies

Ridge and Coquitlam team up.

  • Mar. 23, 2016 4:00 p.m.

RCMP have arrested a man and a woman in connection to nine robberies in Maple Ridge and Coquitlam over the past month.

From Feb. 27th to March 9, a total of nine robberies with similar patterns were reported to police. A suspect would enter a business and show a knife to obtain money, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Coquitlam RCMP’s robbery section teamed up with the Ridge Medows detachment’s street enforcement unit to identify and arrest a 33 year-old Coquitlam man without incident on Wednesday.

Christopher Houghton is facing nine counts of robbery and is currently held in custody pending his next court appearance, police said.

Claira Dusange, a 30 year-old Surrey resident, faces two counts of robbery.

“By sharing information and resources, we can effectively apply our Crime Reduction Strategy to multi-jurisdictional crimes to ensure public safety, no matter which community you live in,” said Cst. Jamie Phillipson, Coquitlam RCMP.

Houghton and Dusange are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.