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Suspect Arrested After Keen Eyed Citizen Alerts Police

Suspect Arrested After Keen Eyed Citizen Alerts Police
January 14th, 2019 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service is crediting a keen eyed citizen who contacted police after they observed an unknown male enter an unlocked motor vehicle on Ambler Way in the east end of the city Saturday night.

A number of Barrie Police units, both uniform patrol and from the Tactical Support Unit descended upon the area shortly after 9:00 p.m., as the suspect attempted to evade capture by climbing over fences and at times trying to hide in backyards. Eventually, the police dragnet closed in as officers simply followed the suspect’s footprints in the snow and a 20-year Barrie resident was taken into custody without incident in just under 30 minutes.

The accused has been charged with Theft under $5000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and Trespass by Night and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie in late February.

Thefts from unlocked vehicles have been a concern in the City of Barrie over the past number of months and in particular the east end of the city. Concerned citizens have taken charge of the situation and ongoing communication through the utilization of social media platforms and localized awareness has created a unique environment whereby the public is working to ensure the safety of their community. Dialogue with the police has also seen an increased police presence in the area and this was evident by the response to Saturday night’s call for service.

The Barrie Police Service reminds the public to always lock your car when you leave it and to never leave valuables or money behind; crime is preventable and when the police and the public work together, the safety of our community is enhanced.

Prepared by: Peter Leon
                      Corporate Communications Coordinator

Occurrence: BA19002289