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Armed Robbery Spree Ends in Arrest

Armed Robbery Spree Ends in Arrest
July 30th, 2019 - Police & the Community

Since mid-January, the Barrie Police Service has responded to five convenience store robberies where a lone male suspect armed with a weapon would enter the store, make a demand for money and then flee on foot once the money and cigarettes were obtained. In each of these occurrences, the suspect was described as male black with a slim to medium muscular build, wore a camouflage style hoody or jacket, stylish running shoes and always had a balaclava or type of mask that covered his face.

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 9:04 p.m., police responded to another similar type robbery at the Hasty Mart Convenience Store located at 307 Cundles Road East and arrested a male person who was located in the immediate area. Noting the similarities from these ongoing investigations, detectives from the Barrie Police Investigative Services determined that this person was likely responsible for the previous five robberies that occurred on the following dates and locations within the City of Barrie:

  • January 20, 2019 – JK Convenience -  located at 41 Owen Street
  • January 26, 2019 – Circle K Convenience – located at 280 Dunlop Street West
  • February 15, 2019 – Neighbourhood Variety – located at 230 Innisfil Street
  • April 15, 2019 – Cedar Pointe Convenience – located at 4 Cedar Pointe Drive
  • June 14, 2019 – Circle K Convenience – located at 149 St. Vincent Street.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, which included the execution of a Criminal Code Search Warrant at a Barrie home last week, a 28-year old resident of the city is now facing a total of 31 criminal charges which include:

  • Robbery with a Firearm (6 counts)
  • Use Firearm During an Offence (6 counts)
  • Possess Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (6 counts)
  • Disguise with Intent (6 counts)
  • Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited (6 counts)
  • Resist Peace Officer.

The accused has been remanded in custody pending a future court date.

Prepared by: Peter Leon
                      Corporate Communications Coordinator

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