UPDATE: RCMP make arrest after Bashir's Auto Cosmetics robbed at gunpoint

Bashir's Auto Cosmetics was robbed Monday morning around 10:30 a.m. by an armed man who then stole a Mercedes Benz sedan with the B.C. Licence Plate BASHIR.
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Police have arrested a 36-year-old man from Vancouver in connection with Monday morning's robbery of Bashir's Auto Cosmetics by an armed man.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, a man walked into the business at 5751 Minoru Blvd., pulled out a gun and demanded cash and the keys to the four-door Mercedes parked out front of the vehicle cleaning business.

The man walked out with thousands in cash, and then got into the black 2010 Mercedes—with the distinctive plate BASHIR—and drove south on Minoru Boulevard toward Westminster Highway.

By Monday afternoon, Mounties declared that they'd gotten their man, thanks to cooperation from multiple jurisdictions.

RCMP Const. Tammy-Lyn Walker said the stolen Mercedes was spotted throughout the Lower Mainland before being seen near Vedder Mountain in Chilliwack.

Police from the Chilliwack RCMP, along with the Lower Mainland emergency response team, First Nations police and the Lower Mainland dog unit, attended the scene and arrested the Vancouver man.

Police are considering several charges.

The suspect remains behind bars and is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.

"Due to the quick thinking and collaboration of police detachments throughout the Lower Mainland, police were able to apprehend this individual right away," Walker said.

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