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Arrest Made Following The Defrauding of Local Businesses

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

(Update) - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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 their 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

(Update) - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

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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