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Pair charged in brazen robbery of Canada Line passenger

Two Richmond men have been charged with a brazen armed robbery aboard a Canada Line train earlier this month.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, Richmond Mounties were called to the Brighouse station of the Canada Line after a man reported being assaulted and having his belongings stolen.

According to the victim, two men wielding a gun assaulted him while robbing him of his cellular phone and other personal belongings.

The suspects were tracked to the area of Westminster Highway and Cooney and were taken into custody.

Charged are Abdullah Cogo, 21, and Mahamed Halane, 23, both from Richmond.

Investigators seized items belonging to the victim, who suffered minor injuries, as well as other merchandise that was also stolen, including a cellular phone located on a blacklist.

The investigators used the website www.protectyourdata.ca, which may lead to more charges being laid against the two suspects.

That website allows Canadian consumers to simply enter the IMEI (international mobile equipment identity) number of a wireless device to immediately find out if that device has been blacklisted in Canada. Any blacklisted device will be blocked and participating Canadian wireless service providers will not allow it to be used on their respective wireless networks.

“If you lose your phone or it is stolen from you, go to the blacklist website and register it because it could lead police to a suspect and potentially get it back to you,” Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said.

She complimented the quick work of her colleagues, who managed to locate and detain the alleged suspects soon after the robbery.

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