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String of Thefts from Vehicles Leads to Frauds

String of Thefts from Vehicles Leads to Frauds
April 26th, 2017 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service is currently investigating an increased amount of thefts from unlocked vehicles in the Barrie area.  With the increase of thefts we have also had various occurrences where stolen debit and credit cards have been used in fraudulent transactions throughout the city.

Jones Drive Area

On Thursday, April 20th, 2017 between midnight and 5:00am a vehicle parked in a driveway was entered on Jones Drive, in the City of Barrie, where a wallet along with valuables were stolen. The suspect was captured on video surveillance at both Grove Street and Blake Street between 5:50am-6:10am using the stolen property to purchase items.  The female has since been identified and a warrant is being sought for her arrest.

Belcourt Avenue Area

On Friday. April 21st, 2017 a vehicle was entered at an address on Belcourt Avenue, in the City of Barrie. The thief took off with various items including a black wrist watch, Nike duffle bag, Nike Flyknit black gym shoes, brown Rayban sunglasses, a Boston Pizza fishbowl and a wallet. At 2:30am the suspect was captured on video surveillance at convenience store on Duckworth Street using cards from the stolen wallet. 

The male is described as:

  • Male, white 
  • Approximately 5'8" 
  • Early to mid 20's
  • Wearing sunglasses, a red ball cap with black beak, headphones around his neck, black leather coat and jeans

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact PC K Groh of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2533 or email at kgroh@barriepolice.ca.

Harwood Drive Area

On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 between midnight and 6:00am two vehicles were entered at two different addresses on Harwood Drive, in the City of Barrie, where a wallet was stolen from each vehicle. The suspect attended gas stations at Ferndale Drive South and Bryne Drive using the stolen cards to purchase various items. 

The male is described as:

  • Male, white
  • Early to mid 20's
  • Scruffy brown beard
  • Wearing Blue Jays hat, black hooded sweatshirt, silver chain, black t-shirt and black pants

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact PC K Barkley of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2609 or email at kbarkley@barriepolice.ca.

*UPDATE: The male suspect in the Harwood Drive Area frauds has been identified by tips received by the community.  A warrant is being sought for his arrest. 

As the consistent nice weather approaches, residents are reminded to take all valuables inside their home at night.  Start a new routine of ensuring your car is locked by clicking the fob each night on the way to bed, ensuring it is locked thought out the dark hours of the night.  Also, remember valuables can be taken from vehicles parked in driveways, parking lots and on the side of the road in daylight as well.  Take a moment to ensure your car is locked each time you leave it and valuables are out of sight.

If you see anything suspicious in your neighbourhood please call (705) 725-7025 to place a non-emergency call for service or 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.  Any information on suspects can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

Occurrence #: BA17019211, BA17019454, BA17019964

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180