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New West police arrest suspect in local bank robberies

Police and public contribute to arrest of a suspect
New Westminster police arrested a suspect in connection to two recent robberies at financial institutions in Uptown New West. File

A 35-year-old New Westminster man has been charged in connection to two recent robberies at uptown financial institutions.

The first robbery occurred at a financial institution on Friday, Jan. 8 and the second occurred on Monday, Jan. 11, reports the New Westminster Police Department. The major crime unit took over these investigations and quickly identified a suspect with help from the police department’s forensic identification services.

“Our forensic identification section (FIS) played a key role in identifying this suspect,” police spokesperson Sgt. Sanjay Kumar said in an email to the Record. “After witness statements were obtained, FIS members were able to determine where to concentrate their investigation, which ultimately led to his identity – he was known to police.”

According to an NWPD press release, the street crime unit arrested the suspect on the night of Jan. 13 and took the man to the NWPD cells for booking.

Daniel Donaldson has been charged with two counts of robbery.

“This investigation was concluded thanks to the hard work of numerous specialty units within the NWPD,” Kumar said. “We also want to extend our thanks to the public who were exceptionally cooperative in working with our investigators.”

Kumar said the public provided investigators with firsthand information that painted a clear picture as to what events took place.

“They provided detailed statements and provided access to CCTV, all which aided in identifying our suspect,” he said.