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The Barrie Police Continue to Request the Public's Assistance in the Search for Mandy Thompson

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February 3rd, 2017 - Police & the Community

(Update) Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:45 p.m.

Investigators are seeking any further leads into the disappearance of Mandy Thompson.

A woman believed to be Mandy was captured on video surveillance walking northbound on Penetanguishene Road on Friday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m. Mandy has the ability to travel a significant distance in a short period of time and police are requesting that anyone living in the area(s) being searched to thoroughly check their properties including barns, sheds, vehicles, garages and any receptacles on their properties.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Barrie Police Tip Line at (705)725-7025 ext. 2160. Anonymous tips can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.tipsubmit.com


Following a Seven Day Search for Mandy Thompson Investigators Continue to Seek Further Leads

(Update) Friday, February 10, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

On Friday, February 10, ground and aerial searches for Mandy Thompson continued with the combined resources of the Barrie Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police. Approximately 200 vehicles were canvased along Penetanguishene Road between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in efforts to obtain any further information on Mandy.

The investigation continues to be treated as a missing person’s investigation and following an organized seven day ground and air search, the search will now take a different direction. Assigned investigators with the Barrie Police Investigative Services Unit will continue to follow up with any further tips. Upon receiving any additional leads the Barrie Police will commence searches utilizing the required resources.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Barrie Police Tip Line at (705)725-7025 ext. 2160. Anonymous tips can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.tipsubmit.com

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


The Search For Mandy Thompson Continues Friday Morning

(Update) Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:40 p.m.

Today the Barrie Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police continued the search for Mandy Thompson in the northeast end of Barrie encompassing the areas of Oro-Medonte east of Penetanguishene Road.   

On Friday, February 10, search teams will resume their ground search and if weather permits aerial searches will commence. The driver of a black truck towing a vehicle on Penetanguishene Road, near Napoleon Home Comfort was captured on video surveillance on Friday, February 3, 10:59 a.m. Police are requesting the driver of that vehicle to contact Investigators as they could have information that may assist in locating Mandy.

Any details surrounding Mandy’s disappearance is vital and police are encouraging anyone with information to call the tip line at (705) 725-7025 ext. 2160. Anonymous tips can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or anonymously online at www.tipsubmit.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


Tips Continue to Assist Police in the Search for Mandy Thompson - The Search will Continue Thursday Morning.

(Update) Wednesday, February 7, 2017 - 5:40 p.m.

The Barrie Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police will continue searching for Mandy Thompson Thursday morning. Investigators will be canvassing residential neighborhoods and businesses along Penetanguishene Road and throughout the northeast end of Barrie. Police Search and Rescue Teams will continue to further their search efforts into Oro-Medonte Township.

A woman believed to be Mandy was captured on video surveillance walking northbound on Penetanguishene Road on Friday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m. Mandy has the ability to travel a significant distance in a short period of time and police are requesting that anyone living in the area(s) being searched to thoroughly check their properties including barns, sheds, vehicles, garages and any receptacles on their properties.

Investigators have received new video surveillance of a black tow truck parked on Penetanguishene Road near Napoleon Home Comfort on Friday, February 3, 10:59 a.m. Investigators believe the tow truck had been hooking up a vehicle and are looking to speak with the driver in efforts to obtain any further information that may assist in locating Mandy.

Mandy is described as;

  • 5'8
  • Medium build
  • Short red/brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Wearing a black knee length jacket, white sweater, jeans and white running shoes.

Police have set up a tip line at (705) 725-7025 ext. 2160 for anyone who may have information on Mandy Thompson. Anonymous tips can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or anonymously online at www.tipsubmit.com

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


The Search For Mandy Thompson Continues Wednesday Morning

(Update) Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 5:40 p.m.

As a result of inclement weather and limited daylight search efforts by the Barrie Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police will continue Wednesday morning. 

Police will continue extensively searching the northeast end of Barrie and beyond the city limits into Oro-Medonte Township.

Police have set up a tip line at (705) 725-7025 ext. 2160 for anyone who may have information on Mandy Thompson. Anonymous tips can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or anonymously online at www.tipsubmit.com 

Police continue to request that anyone living in the area(s) being searched to thoroughly check their properties including barns, sheds, vehicles and garages for any possible sightings of Mandy.  

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


The Barrie Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police Conducted a Joint Investigation into the Disappearance of Mandy Thompson

(Update) Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The investigation into the disappearance of Mandy Thompson is now being conducted as a joint investigation by the Barrie Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

The search will continue east of Penetanguishene Road and surrounding areas of Oro-Medonte Township. Police will be utilizing a helicopter, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle's(UAV),snowmobiles, Police Search and Rescue Teams and K9.

Mandy has the ability to travel significant distances in a short period of time. Police are requesting anyone who resides in the Oro-Medonte Township area east of Penetanguishene Road and surrounding areas to check their properties including barns, sheds, vehicles and garages for any possible sightings of Mandy.  

Anyone who may have external video surveillance or information is asked to contact Barrie Police at 705-725-7025 Ext. 2129 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or anonymously submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


The Search for Mandy Thompson Expands into Oro-Medonte Township

(Update) Monday, February 6, 2016 - 5:40 p.m.

The Barrie Police Search and Rescue Teams have continued the search for Mandy Thompson and will continue searching into the evening. 

A tip was received earlier today which extended search efforts into Oro-Medonte Township, east of Penetanguishene Road and Georgian Drive. Further investigation has provided police with video surveillance which resembles a woman believed to be Mandy Thompson walking northbound on Penetanguishene Road on Friday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m.

Mandy has the ability to travel significant distances in a short period of time. Police are requesting anyone who resides in the Oro-Medonte Township area east of Penetanguishene Road and surrounding areas to check their properties including barns, sheds, vehicles and garages for any possible sightings of Mandy.  

Anyone who may have external video surveillance or information is asked to contact Barrie Police at 705-725-7025 Ext. 2129 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or anonymously submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


The Search for Mandy Thompson Continues

(Update) Monday, February 6, 2017

As of Friday, February 3, Search and Rescue Teams have extensively searched for Mandy Thompson throughout the City of Barrie.

The search will continue today and police are requesting residents within the City of Barrie and surrounding areas to check their backyards, sheds, vehicles and garages for any possible sightings of Mandy.

Anyone who may have external video surveillance and resides in the following areas is asked to contact police. Investigators are looking for any information that could provided further leads.

  • Laidlaw Drive
  • Hanmer Street, West
  • Ford Street 
  • Anne Street, North
  • Livingstone Street West 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Barrie Police at 705-725-7025 Ext. 2129 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or anonymously submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


Missing - Mandy Thompson (72 yrs.)

(Update) Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Barrie Police Search and Rescue Teams will continue their search today for Mandy Thompson.

Investigators will canvass the area of Laidlaw Drive to speak with witnesses, while Search and Rescue Teams along with Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue continue to search extensively in the area of Sunnidale Park.

We continue to ask residents to check their backyards, sheds, vehicles and garages for any possible sightings of Mandy.

Anyone who may have external video surveillance and resides in the following areas is asked to contact police. Investigators are looking for any information that could provided further leads.

  • Laidlaw Drive
  • Hanmer Street, West
  • Ford Street 
  • Anne Street, North
  • Livingstone Street West 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Barrie Police at 705-725-7025 Ext. 2129 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or anonymously submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


Missing - Mandy Thompson (72 yrs.)

(Update) Saturday, February, 4, 2017

An extensive search by Search and Rescue Teams continued throughout the night yielding negative results. The Search for Mandy Thompson will continue this morning and throughout the day with the assistance of Barrie Fire and Georgian Bay Search and Rescue - a trained and qualified organization.

Police have been asked by numerous residents how the community can assist. We are asking residents to check their backyards, sheds, vehicles and garages for any possible sightings of Mandy.

We are requesting our social media followers to continue sharing our information as it becomes available. Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately at 705-725-7025 ext. 2106 or 2107.

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


Missing - Mandy Thompson (72 yrs.)

(Update) Friday, February, 3, 2017

The search for Mandy Thompson continues. We are asking residents in the areas of Laidlaw Drive and Livingstone Street East and West areas to check their backyards, sheds and garages for any possible sightings of Mandy.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Mandy is described as;

  • 5'8
  • Medium build
  • Short red hair
  • Wearing a long black coat and white running shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately at 705-725-7025 ext. 2106 or 2107.

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804


Missing - Mandy Thompson (72 yrs.)

The Barrie Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating a 72-year-old woman. Mandy Thompson went missing from her residence on Laidlaw Drive, in the City of Barrie just before 7:30 a.m. this morning.

Police are concerned for her safety, and believe she is not dressed for the inclement  weather.

Mandy is described as;

  • 5'8
  • Medium build
  • Short red hair
  • Wearing a long black coat and white running shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Barrie Police immediately at 705-725-7025 ext. 2106 or 2107.

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA17005804

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A Warning of Growing Sophisticated Scams

A Warning of Growing Sophisticated Scams
February 3rd, 2016 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police service is warning citizens and businesses about new and often sophisticated scams that prey on vulnerable taxpayers, utility users, and consumers.

 Financial crimes and fraud are criminal activities that victimize individuals from all walks of life.  During the past year, police across Ontario have become increasingly aware of very sophisticated, well-organized financial criminal activities that prey on people’s lack of understanding about their rights when it comes to their financial matters. If you feel uneasy about someone calling you or showing up at your door about your taxes or your utility bills, if you notice suspicious banking or on-line activities related to your financial assets, don’t be fooled. Call for help.

 Police are reminding the public that individuals and businesses can call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number or report incidents of suspected fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

It’s estimated that all types of financial crimes and fraud cost Canadians more than $10 billion each year.  When it comes to mass marketing fraud, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reported a total of 51,385 complaints between January and November of 2015, involving 13,717 victims. The total dollar value loss suffered by these victims was $61.3 million dollars.  In 2014, the total dollar lost to these types of crimes was $75 million.

The Barrie Police Service is partnering with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) to promote the OACP’s 2016 Crime Prevention Campaign. The campaign theme is “Know Who You’re Dealing With”.  A new crime prevention booklet detailing the types of crimes Ontarians is available and outlines what they can do to protect themselves, their families, and their businesses. Click here to download the booklet.

 Tips and Reminders - Know Who You’re Dealing With…

 

 Tax Scams

  • The CRA has noted an increase in telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the CRA but is not. Beware – these calls are fraudulent and could result in identity and financial theft
  • The CRA takes these tax fraud schemes very seriously and actively warns Canadians about scams undertaken using the CRA’s name, especially during the tax filing season, when such scams peak. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281

For more information about the security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, click here.

 Electrical Utilities Scams

  • Ontario’s electricity customers are targets for phone scammers.  These scammers tell people that they are from the local utility and use sophisticated software to show the utility’s name on a caller display.  Scammers threaten to disconnect customers if they don’t immediately pay by pre-paid credit card or wire transfer.
  • Scammers target people when they are most vulnerable, especially during holidays or peak business times.  Since July 2014, more than 500 people were targeted in Toronto alone.  A total of thirteen per cent of those incidents involved payments totaling $58,000.  Local utilities NEVER ask customers to pay by pre-paid credit card or wire transfers over the phone.   Local utilities NEVER threaten to disconnect you right away.
  • When in doubt, call your utility company and ask about their policy.  If someone calls and threatens to disconnect you if you don’t make a payment right away by pre-paid credit card or wire transfer, SAY NO and HANG UP!  NEVER give out your personal or financial information.

 Report the incident to your utility company and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. This agency collects information on fraud and works closely with police to solve these crimes.

Identity Theft

  • The theft of identity information such as “tombstone” data, employment information, banking particulars, and payment card data have become a highly saleable commodity that is easily trafficked via traditional means and through hundreds of websites on the “dark web.”
  • Identity information is obtained via Server/Computer Hacks, ATM/POS tampering, Phishing, Social Engineering, Complicit Government/Corporate Employees, Theft of Mail, and a host of other means. Once obtained, “Pirate” websites available on the dark web provide nearly unlimited access to such data to all takers.  Payment for the identity information is easily made via non-traditional, unregulated, online payment systems that offer participants the ability to traffic or purchase identity information for eventual exploitation.  Typical offences include: Account take-overs, true–name fraudulent credit applications, TM/POS tampering, and trafficking in identity information.

 

Police Seeking Underwear Thief

Police Seeking Underwear Thief
February 24th, 2017 - Police & the Community

Police are seeking the public’s assistance to identity a suspect wanted for theft. Video surveillance captured the incident on Friday, February 3, 2017 at La Senza, located at the Georgian Mall at 509 Bayfield Street, in the City of Barrie.

Just before 5:00 p.m. a woman entered La Senza and walked directly to the back of the store and grabbed nine stacks of ladies underwear and concealed them under the winter jacket she had been carrying. Just before walking out of the store the woman selected another stack of underwear, again concealing them under her jacket. The woman left the store unnoticed with a total of 130 ladies underwear.

The investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is described as;

  • Female, white
  • Short brown-red hair
  • Heavy build
  • Wearing a grey sweater, dark pants, tall black boots and carrying a black purse and dark winter jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Welten of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext.2711, cwelten@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: BA17006527

Drug Trafficking Operation Terminated by Barrie Police Street Crime Unit

Drug Trafficking Operation Terminated by Barrie Police Street Crime Unit
February 23rd, 2017 - Police & the Community

(Update) – Thursday, February 23, 2017

Following the execution of two Criminal Code Search Warrants and the arrest of six people, Investigators of the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit have seized an abundant of illicit drugs with a combined street value of $105,000.

  • 138 grams of Cocaine
  • 30 pounds of Marijuana
  • 423 grams of Marijuana Resin (Hash)
  • 30 OxyContin tablets
  • 65 grams of MDMA (Molly)

Investigators also seized a prohibited weapon –Flashlight Taser, a large quantity of Canadian Currency and drug paraphernalia indicative to drug trafficking.

Six people were arrested and following a further investigation five people have now been charged and will appear in bail court.

A 32-year-old man from Barrie has been charged with; Possession of a Controlled Substance(s) – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon – Flashlight Taser.

A 21-year-old woman from Barrie has been charged with; Possession of a Controlled Substance(s) – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon – Flashlight Taser.

A 34-year-old man from Barrie has been charged with; Possession of a Controlled Substance(s) – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon – Flashlight Taser.

A 30-year-old woman from Barrie has been charged with; Possession of a Controlled Substance(s) – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine, Marihuana, Cannabis Marihuana Resin, OxyContin and MDMA and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon – Flashlight Taser.

A 32-year-old man from Innisfil has been charged with; Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marihuana and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Marihuana.

* Above photo captures only a few items seized.

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: RM16002534


Original Release: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Members of the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit had commenced an investigation in regards to drug trafficking in the fall of 2016.

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, members of the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit executed a Criminal Code Search Warrant at a residence on Engel Street, in the City of Barrie. A second warrant was executed with the assistance of South Simcoe Street Crime Unit at a residence on Innisfil Beach Road, in Innisfil Township.

Six people have been arrested; two men and woman from Barrie, as well as a man and two women from Innisfil. They now face numerous drug related charges including possession of a prohibited weapon.

Further information will be released as it becomes available. Investigators continue to process the evidence seized from both locations.

Anyone with information related to drugs or illegal firearms can contact Crime Stoppers at one 1-800-222-TIPS or remain anonymous by leaving a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: RM16002534

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Police Reveal List of Crimes That Keep Police Officers Up at Night (and Days, too)

Police Reveal List of Crimes That Keep Police Officers Up at Night (and Days, too)
February 21st, 2017 - Police & the Community

(Barrie) The Barrie Police Service is  supporting  the  Ontario  Association  of  Chiefs  of
Police's  (OACP) 
2017  Crime  Prevention  campaign  (#CrimePreventionONT),  which  includes  the  top 10 crimes  or  potential  situations  where  victimization can occur as  identified  by  the Province's top police  crime prevention experts.

The OACP asked top community safety and crime prevention policing experts – all members of the OACP’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee – to identify crimes or situations where victimization can lead to criminal acts against persons or property. The goal of the “Shoulda Coulda Woulda: Crime Prevention Starts With You” campaign is to heighten awareness of the simple things we can all do to protect our property and personal safety and well-being.

Our police officers work with many individuals and groups in our community to promote crime prevention initiatives throughout the year. We are supporting this year’s OACP Province-wide campaign, which asks each of us to do the small things that add up to big crime prevention success.

Police community safety and crime prevention experts identified the following crimes or potential situations where victimization can occur which keep our officers up at night (and days, too):

  •     Residential Break & Enters
  •     Impaired/Drugged Driving
  •     Cyber Crime/Identity Theft
  •     Fraud - Online exchanges
  •     Theft from Vehicles/Theft of Vehicles
  •     Theft of Bicycles
  •     Theft from Garages, Lockers, Mail Boxes, Sheds & Front Porches(Deliveries)
  •     Awareness of Your Surroundings to Prevent Assaults
  •     Pharmacy Thefts/Robberies
  •     Theft of Prescription Drugs

The 2017 OACP Crime Prevention Campaign is supported by the following community partners: Accident Support Services Inc., Canadian Security Association, Humber College – School of Social and Community Services, Interac, Hydro One, and the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation.

To view or download the 2017 Crime Prevention booklet click here. This booklet offers great tips to keep you and your family safe!

 

 

 

Pink Shirt Day 2017

Pink Shirt Day 2017
February 21st, 2017 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service proudly supports Pink Shirt Day and continues to raise awareness for anti-bullying. 

Why a Pink Shirt?

The idea comes from an incredible group of high school students in Nova Scotia. In 2007 a new grade 9 student had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The group of teens decided to take a stand against bullying.

The teens bought 50 pink tank tops, and the next day distributed the shirts to all the boys in their school. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes!

Bullying is happening all around us. It’s prevalent in homes, work environments, schools and now more over the internet.

Teaching children to use their voice and have the courage to stand up to bullying behavior is an integral way to put an end to bullying.  In addition, fostering empathy, kindness, and compassion are essential components in bullying prevention.

For more information on bullying and where kids and teens can turn for help visit: KidsHelpPhone.ca

 “Everyone has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included, valued and accepted regardless of their differences”, reminds Chief Kimberley Greenwood.

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Barrie Police Receive Government Grant to Support Police Response to Sexual Violence and Harassment

Barrie Police Receive Government Grant to Support Police Response to Sexual Violence and Harassment
February 16th, 2017 - Police & the Community

The Province of Ontario has advocated $1.8 million toward 15 pilot projects aimed at improving police response to sexual violence and harassment.

The Barrie Police Service has received $139,363 for a focused Sexual Assault Advocacy Centre. Our Advocacy Centre will aim to effectively coordinate the systems response to trauma-informed investigations. This is a multifaceted seamless approach that will reduce the likelihood of trauma for victims. An advocate will be assigned to victims to help them navigate through the complexities of the court system- resulting in higher conviction rates.The services will be aimed towards survivors under the age of 24.

The Barrie Police Service and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions were involved in 934 joint investigations in 2016. These numbers only represent investigations involving those under the age of 16. “We have a responsibility for those victims and the Barrie police recognize that we need to expand our support to victims of crime. This is in line with that,” said Barrie Police Sergeant Valerie Gates.

There are over 800 Advocacy Centre’s in the United States and only six in Canada, ours will the seventh. 

For further information on the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe Muskoka click here

 

Police Seeking Suspect in Possession of Stolen Bank Card

Police Seeking Suspect in Possession of Stolen Bank Card
February 15th, 2017 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect responsible for a theft that occurred at Georgian College, in the City of Barrie, on Tuesday February 14, just after 5:00 p.m.

The victim had been at the Georgian College library when his backpack was stolen; which contained personal items including a bank card. Shortly after the theft the victims’ bank card was utilized within the college and a convenience store. Further investigation led police to the nearby convenience store, which provided video surveillance of a male believed to be in possession of the stolen bank card.

The investigation is ongoing

The suspect is described as;

  • Male, White
  • 18 to 20 years
  • Dark hair
  • Wearing a red baseball hat, black jacket, and black shoes, carrying a red backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Edgar of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext.2591, dedgar@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: BA17007757

 

 

Strange Discovery at Local Recycling Business

Strange Discovery at Local Recycling Business
February 15th, 2017 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Investigative Services have spent the last month looking into a strange recovery of property from a local recycling company.  

On Friday, January 13th, 2017 an old television was dismantled at GEEP Industries located at 220 John Street, in the City of Barrie, after it had been waiting in the yard for over a year to be recycled.  Upon dismantling, the employee located a cash box and banking records dating back to 1985. The located items were handed over to the General Manager and subsequently the police were called to collect the items in hopes the rightful owner could be located.

Police were able to trace the banking documents back to a male from Bolsover, Ontario.  Upon conducting interviews and reviewing banking records it was determined that the over $100,000.00 recovered belonged to the 68-year-old male named on the found paperwork.  The paperwork and cash box had been placed in the television for safe keeping and then forgotten about.  The television was passed on to a family friend who was unaware of anything inside.  He then dropped the television off at the local recycling depot over a year ago to be stripped and disposed of.  

The money is believed to have been an inheritance that was given to the male by his parents to “put away for a rainy day”.  In reality, the day the money was returned was probably more of a snowy day; however the honesty of the employees of GEEP must be commended and praised. 

Prepared by: PC Nicole Rodgers

Several Suspects Deemed Responsible For Defrauding Local Businesses

Several Suspects Deemed Responsible For Defrauding Local Businesses
February 15th, 2017 - Police & the Community

(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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