Charges laid in three Abbotsford robberies and one in Chilliwack

Christopher John Olson of Chilliwack has been charged with eight offences.

This was among the images released by police of a suspect in the robbery of a bank in Abbotsford on June 1.

Charges have now been laid against a man accused of three recent armed robberies in Abbotsford and one in Chilliwack.

Christopher John Olson, 38, of Chilliwack faces one count of robbery and one count of using an imitation firearm in each of the incidents, for a total of eight charges.

Olson is accused of robbing a liquor store in the 1900 block of North Parallel Road on May 26, a bank in the 32100 block of South Fraser Way on June 1, and a liquor store in the 30400 block of Cardinal Avenue on June 3.

It is also alleged that he robbed a gas station in Chilliwack on May 24.

The Abbotsford Police department released video surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in connection with the incidents on May 26 and June 1.

Olson was arrested Wednesday in the 30800 block of Peardonville Road in Abbotsford.

“This investigation was a priority for us and the arrest is a result of a collaborative effort between our office and the Chilliwack RCMP,” said Abbotsford Police Sgt. Casey Vinet. “Robberies such as these tend to occur in sprees so we are very happy that we were able to identify and get this guy into custody before any more businesses could be impacted.”

In all three Abbotsford robberies, the suspect was described as a stocky man in his 30s or 40s wearing glasses and a baseball cap.

Olson is currently in custody and is slated for a bail hearing Monday in Abbotsford provincial court.

According to the provincial court database, his only prior convictions are for driving while prohibited and driving without due care and attention.