Yesterday afternoon, shortly after 12:30 p.m., officers from the Barrie Police Service responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at Trinity Anglican Church which is located at 24 Collier Street.

Responding officers set up containment around the church upon their arrival in order to ensure the suspect could not escape. Police could also see that entry was gained to the church after a stained-glass window located on the northwest side had been broken.

Police entered the church and observed a significant amount of damage to property that included an organ, pews, and a Christmas Nativity scene. The suspect responsible was eventually located precariously balancing on a beam that spanned across the front altar area and after utilizing some successful de-escalation techniques, were able to convince him to come down and surrender to police.

The male, a 32-year-old of no fixed address, was taken in custody and transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where he was formally charged with Mischief Over $5000 and Break and Enter. He has been held in custody and is scheduled to appear today, by video for a bail hearing with the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie.

Occurrence #: BA24003984
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon


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