Trio charged in Ben Moss Jewelers heist

Richmond Centre jewelry store struck on Nov. 6; bystanders help Mounties arrest armed robber



Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the Nov. 6 robbery of Ben Moss Jewelers at Richmond Centre.

Vancouver’s Ty Burgess, 29, Mission’s Shane Buckner, 36, and Coquitlam’s Keith Macdonald are facing robbery related charges after witnesses described to police how two men entered the mall, and then smashed the display cases at the jewelry store.

The two men fled with an undisclosed amount of jewelry, but their attempts to flee the scene were hamstrung.

Once outside the mall, one of the suspects, who was carrying a gun, was unsuccessful in his attempt to carjack a vehicle.

When the suspect tried to commandeer a second vehicle, the man was apprehended by bystanders.

A scuffle ensued, and the suspect fired off a single shot, but nobody was injured.

The man was held until police arrived.

One of the Good Samaritans who apprehended one of the suspects, was bitten by a suspect, and received medical treatment. The suspect’s handgun was retrieved.

Vancouver Police were able to locate and arrest two other suspects afterward.

Burgess and Buckner have been charged with armed robbery and wearing a disguise with intent to commit and indictable offence. Macdonald is charged with armed robbery and possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm.

The trio are scheduled to appear in Richmond provincial court on Nov. 19.

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