An alleged prolific lottery ticket thief will have to answer to more charges when he faces a judge next week.
Coquitlam Mounties announced additional charges against 37-year-old Anthony Bakker in connection with more than a dozen robberies in the Tri-Cities and around the Lower Mainland.
Bakker is now facing a total of 20 criminal charges for 10 robberies and two thefts in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, six robberies in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, and two robberies in Burnaby.
Coquitlam RCMP arrested him on Jan. 4 after he allegedly tried to steal a handful of lottery tickets from a liquor store.
Bakker was originally facing three counts of robbery with a weapon and one count of theft.
"Robbery section investigators from Burnaby, Coquitlam and Ridge Meadows detachments seamlessly worked together on this investigation, much like an integrated team," said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung in a statement.
Bakker has been held in custody since his arrest and is set to appear in a Port Coquitlam provincial courtroom on Thursday.
Investigators originally believed the suspect was behind as many as eight convenience store robberies of scratch lotto tickets in the Tri-Cities.
The first robberies took place during a two-week span between Nov. 29 and Dec. 13.
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