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Prepared by: Corporate Communications
Posted: September 6, 2018
Occurrence Type: Attention to Details Helps Officer Make Quick Arrest in Hewitt's Farm Stand Theft
Occurrence #: BA18044040
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 9:40am

Two (2) thieves picked the wrong employee to steal from as the details recorded and delivered to investigation officers led to the quick arrest of both suspects.

On Sunday September 2nd, 2018 at approximately 9:41 am Barrie Police were called to the Duckworth Plaza located at 352 Duckworth Street, in the City of Barrie, for a theft that had just occurred.  The young employee working the Hewitt's Farm stand told police two (2) females approached her, one asking questions from one side of the stand and then the other drawing her attention to the opposite side of the stand to distract her.  The first female then snuck behind the table, grabbing the cash box. Both females immediately fled the scene in the same vehicle the came in.  

Quick thinking from the employee, photos of the suspect and the vehicle they were driving were captured. The victim was also able to provide excellent descriptors and details on both he suspects and the car which was relayed to all officers working patrol on the road at the time. 

A short time later, at approximately 9:48 am, a general patrol officer noted a vehicle matching the suspects' vehicle parked in the parking lot of a plaza on Cundles Road East.  The females inside also matched the description passed on from investigating officers. 

A 42-year-old Orillia female was charged with Theft Under $5000.  The second suspect, a 27-year-old Orillia female, was charged with Theft Under $5000 and Breach Probation.  Both were released with future court dates to answer to their charges. 

The cash box was recovered and returned to the owner however the outstanding float of $70.00 was missing from the box.

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Occurrence #: BA18044040