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Second Arrest Made Following The Defrauding of Local Businesses

Second Arrest Made Following The Defrauding of Local Businesses
February 15th, 2017 - Police & the Community

(Update - Arrest) - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Barrie Police Fraud Unit has arrested a 26-year-old Innisfil man following a lengthy investigation which entailed the defrauding of several local businesses, that has been estimated to total upwards of $60,000.00. 

In December of 2016 the suspects began defrauding local furnace, air conditioning companies and building centers utilizing fraudulent credit card data. On January 6, 2017, the accused had been captured on video surveillance driving a blue Jeep Compass onto the property of condominium located on Big Bay Point Road, in the City of Barrie. The accused was then observed breaking into the front doors of the lobby, where he stood-by for a delivery of an air conditioning unit. Upon delivery the accused loaded the unit into the back of his Jeep and fled the area.

The 26-year-old has been charged with; Fraud Over $5,000, six counts of Fraud Under $5,000, two counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Break and Enter and two counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance.

The accused will appear in bail court Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation is ongoing. It is believed there may be further suspects outstanding. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Higgins at (705) 725-7025 ext. 2955, thiggins@barriepolice.ca  or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.ca

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17004545


(Update - Arrest) - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 Arrest Made Following The Defrauding of Local Businesses

Investigators of the Barrie Police Fraud Unit have arrested and charged a 27-year-old Barrie man following a five(5) month investigation.

Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence on Proclamation Drive, in the City of Barrie.

The Barrie man has been charged with; Fraud Over $5,000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was released from custody and will appear in an Ontario Court of Justice on July 10, 2017.

The investigation is ongoing. It is believed there may be further suspects outstanding. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Higgins at (705) 725-7025 ext. 2955, thiggins@barriepolice.ca or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.ca

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17004545


(Update) - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Investigators Seeking Suspects Following The Defrauding of Local Businesses

Investigators of the Barrie Police Fraud Unit have received further information that two additional local heating and air conditioning business have been defrauded by the same group of fraudsters who are responsible for the frauds that had occurred throughout the month of December 2016.

It is believed that the suspects have defrauded local businesses in excess of $50,000 after fraudulently purchasing in thermostats, furnaces, air conditioning and hot water heaters. A second suspect has been observed driving an older white F150 Ford pick-up truck, in addition to the suspect that was caught on surveillance driving a blue Jeep Compass. 

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may information.  Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.ca

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17004545


Investigators Seeking Suspects Following The Defrauding of Local Businesses

Investigators with the Barrie Police Fraud Unit are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect responsible for defrauding a local furnace company utilizing a fraudulent credit card.

On Friday, January 6, 2017, Investigators believe a local cab company had been hired to deliver an air conditioning unit to a condo building on Big Bay Point Road. It was at this location the suspect had been caught on video surveillance waiting for the delivery after gaining access to the building using an unidentified object.

Upon delivery the suspect is captured on video surveillance unloading the air conditioning unit from the cab into the front lobby of the building. Minutes later the suspect loads the large unit into his vehicle and leaves the area. The vehicle is believed to be a blue 2010 or similar Jeep Compass.

The investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is described as;

  • Male, white
  • Heavy build
  • Dark hair, goatee
  • Wearing a black “North Face” jacket, cargo pants and black boots. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Higgins of the Barrie Police Fraud Unit at 705-725-7025 ext.2955, thiggins@barriepolice.ca  or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17004545

 

 

 

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