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Duo Distracting and Dashing with Cologne

Duo Distracting and Dashing with Cologne
July 13th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service is seeking the identity of two (2) males after a string of fragrance thefts over the last couple months that may be linked to similar thefts in other jurisdictions.

On Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 6:30pm two males entered the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 420 Essa Road, in the City of Barrie.  The first male headed into the cosmetics section and spoke with the cosmetician, bringing her down an aisle to keep her distracted. The second male made his way to the fragrance wall. He began to fill a cooler bag he was carrying, taking colognes & perfumes from the shelf and counter area.  He then exited the store making no attempt to pay and could immediately be seen making a phone call. The male still in the store could be observed answering his phone and then leaving the aisle where he was still talking to the cosmetician. He swiftly left the store to meet the other suspect behind the building and both suspects were last seen leaving the area on foot.

Stolen Items:

  • Dior Homme Sauvage 60ml x 6
  • Dior Homme 50ml x 3
  • Dior Homme 100ml x 2
  • Farenheit 50ml x 4
  • Farenheit 100ml x 2
  • Farenehit 200ml x 2
  • Total = $1991.00

On Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 8:00 pm two (2) suspects entered the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 380 Mapleview Drive West, in the City of Barrie.  The first suspect proceeded to the Chanel Section and, crouching down, was able to open a secured storage drawer with an unknown object.  At the same time, the second suspect distracted the employee with numerous questions. The employee became suspicious of the distraction technique and began to check the store for a theft in progress.  As the suspect with the cooler bag full of cologne exited the store, he was stopped by the employee.  He presented an empty backpack, while keeping the cooler bag closed and out of sight.  He immediately left the sore with the second male suspect quickly fleeing behind him.  Both were seen on foot heading westbound on Mapleview Drive West.

Stolen Items:

  • CHANEL Perfume x 45
  • Total= $4735.00

Additionally, Barrie Police Service issued a media release on Monday, June 4th, 2018   where originally police believed this theft was linked to the two (2) above fragrance thefts in the region, however further investigation revealed they were not related. An arrest has been made in relation to that theft which can be found here: Sweet Smelling Thief Sought

Description of Suspect #1: 

  • Male, dark complexion
  • Approximately 35 to 45-years-old
  • Approximately 5'10" and 180lbs
  • Black hair with dark facial hair 

Description of Suspect #2:

  • Male, dark complexion
  • Approximately 35 to 45-years-old
  • Large build
  • Brown hair with dark facial hair

It is possible, due to information from neighbouring police services, these suspects are linked to other similar thefts and are possibly travelling in a grey Toyota Echo with Quebec plate FHR3582.

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact either:

  • Constable J. Knight- 705-725-7025 ext. 2534 or jknight@barriepolice.ca
  • Constable J. Waugh at 705-725-7025 ext. 2738 or jwaugh@barriepolice.ca

Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at P3 Tips.

Occurrence #: BA18024699, BA18028723 & BA18034100

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

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Suspect #1Suspect #2