Darwin McGrath, 50, of Vancouver has been charged with one count of robbery.
A man, who Vancouver police believe is connected to 11 recent bank robberies, was caught mid-heist Sunday by a pair of plain-clothes officers.
The two VPD officers, who were aware of the recent rash of robberies, had been patrolling the few banks in the downtown core that are open on Sunday when they spotted a man enter a bank and commit a robbery.
The man was quickly apprehended outside the bank and the stolen money was recovered.
Darwin McGrath, 50, of Vancouver has been charged with one count of robbery. He remains in custody.
“We are very proud of our two patrol officers who went beyond the call and brought an end to a series of dangerous robberies that were continuing at an alarming rate,” said Vancouver police Sgt. Jason Robillard. “Although no physical injuries were reported in any of the robberies, these types of crimes can be emotionally distressing for anyone involved.”
VPD investigators anticipate additional charges will be laid against McGrath in connection with 11 other bank robberies — 10 committed in Vancouver and one in Surrey.
The investigation is ongoing.