On February 6, 2024, the theft of speakers from a big box membership-based store in Barrie, valued at approximately $15,000, initiated the start of what would be a massive investigation by detectives from the Barrie Police Service Street Crime Unit.

The investigation quickly identified an organized theft group from the Mississauga area who were involved, and further information was later received that linked them to a multitude of other on-going theft investigations of a similar nature throughout Ontario and across Eastern Canada.

On March 15, 2024, five Criminal Code Search Warrants were executed, which resulted in the seizure of approximately $365,000 worth of stolen property. The property seized was later confirmed to have been stolen from other retail outlets that had been targeted by this sophisticated group of organized thieves. One motor vehicle, with an estimated value of $55,000 has also been seized as a result of the investigation.

Two suspects were arrested at the time the search warrants were executed, and arrest warrants have been issued for three other suspects who have identified and participated in the high-volume thefts. As a result, a total 65 criminal charges have been laid.

One male suspect, who had been arrested and charged as a result of the Barrie Police Service Street Crime Unit investigation was held for a bail hearing. At the time of his arrest, he was before the courts on previous release orders for similar offences. Later that day, he was released from custody, and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Occurrence #: BA24007014
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon

 

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