Barrie Police Services Board Extends Chief Greenwood’s Contract

Barrie Police Services Board Extends Chief Greenwood’s Contract
February 16th, 2018 - Police & the Community

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the Barrie Police Services Board approved the extension of Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood until March 2021.

Chief Greenwood was first appointed chief in 2013. The Barrie Police Service (BPS) has a complement of 237 uniformed officers and 109 civilian members with a policing population of 147,000. The City of Barrie is one of North American’s fastest growing cities and is expected to have a population growth of 210,000 in 2031.

"The board’s decision to extend the Chief’s contract is evidence of its confidence in the leadership she has demonstrated over the past five years to ensure the members of the Barrie Police Service are positioned to provide professional, accountable and sustainable policing services within the community,” said Chair Angela Lockridge.

We look forward to working with the Chief to enable the Service continues to respond to the needs of a growing community and ensure the safety and security of its citizens and a cost effective manner. At the same time, on behalf of the Board, I extend our thanks to each of you, for your professionalism and ongoing contributions to policing excellence in the City of Barrie.”

"It has been an honour to lead the dedicated members of the Barrie Police Service. The success of our Service is derived from our member’s commitment to professionalism and their continuous dedication to keeping the City of Barrie safe. I would like to thank the Barrie Police Services Board and the City of Barrie for their ongoing support. I will continue to serve our community with respect, honor and distinction,” said Chief Kimberley Greenwood.

Update - Charges Laid Following Gunpoint Robbery

Update - Charges Laid Following Gunpoint Robbery
February 15th, 2018 - Police & the Community

(Update) Tuesday, February 20, 2018

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, just before 12:00 p.m., a man was accosted and robbed of his vehicle at gun point outside his home on Kozlov Street, in the City of Barrie.

The two suspects, one armed with a handgun, fled the area in the victim’s pick-up truck. Within minutes of the incident being reported to police the vehicle had been observed traveling southbound on Highway 400. The vehicle was quickly stopped at the Mapleview Drive exit and the two suspects were taken into custody by police, including officers from the Canine and Tactical Support Units.

An 18-year-old Sudbury man has been charged with; Robbery, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Fail to Comply with Probation Order and numerous firearm related offences.

An 18-year-old Brampton man has been charged with; Robbery, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and numerous firearm related offences.

Both men appeared in a Barrie bail court on Friday, February 16, 2018, and were remanded into custody. They are scheduled for a second appearance on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence: BA178007651

 


Two Arrested After Vehicle Stolen in Gunpoint Robbery

On Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., Barrie Police Service received a call to an address on Kozlov Street, in the City of Barrie, for a report of a robbery involving a firearm.  Police learned two males approached the victim, threatening him with a firearm and stole his vehicle.  The stolen vehicle was located by police travelling southbound on Highway 400 within a minute of police receiving the call from the victim.  A high risk traffic stop was conducted on the off ramp at Mapleview Drive, in the City of Barrie. 

The male driver, an 18-year-old from Brampton, and the 18-year-old male passenger from Sudbury were arrested.  A loaded handgun that matched the description of the one used in the robbery was located inside the vehicle.  There is no threat to public safety. The investigation is continuing at this time and a complete list of charges will be determined upon conclusion of the investigation.

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Occurrence #: BA18007651

Several LIDS Lifted by Suspect

Several LIDS Lifted by Suspect
February 15th, 2018 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police are seeking public assistance in identifying two suspects following a theft at Georgian Mall, located at 509 Bayfield Street, in the City of Barrie.  

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, two suspects had entered LIDS; a store located within the Georgian Mall. One suspect attempted to distract the employee while his counterpart, the second suspect, removed several baseball hats from the shelf and placed them into a shopping bag he had been carrying.

The gig was up when the employee observed what had been happening and confronted the suspect. The suspect became hostile and quickly fled the store, followed by the second suspect. Both men were last seen exiting the Georgian Mall before security arrived. 

The Suspects are described as;

Suspect 1

  • Male, white (30 yrs.)
  • 5’9”, Medium build
  • Short brown hair
  • Wearing a black coat, grey hoodie, blue jeans, and white shoes and carrying a black backpack.  

Suspect 2

  • Male, white (30 yrs.)
  • 5’9”, Medium build
  • Short dark brown hair
  • Wearing a “Raptors” baseball hat, black coat, white hoodie, black pants and shoes.

The surveillance video provided is of poor quality and does not provide a clear picture of the suspects, although police are still requesting assistance in identifying the males through clothing or other descriptive features. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Hemington of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2763, khemington@barriepolice.ca or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip at www.tipsubmit.com 

Prepared by: Constable S. Bamford #7419
Occurrence # BA18006671

 

 

Don't Be Fooled By Love - Recognize Romance Scams

Don't Be Fooled By Love - Recognize Romance Scams
February 14th, 2018 - Police & the Community

A Romance Scam involves any individual with false romantic intentions toward a victim in order to gain their trust and affection for the purpose of obtaining the victim’s money or access to their bank accounts or credit cards. In some cases the suspect will even attempt to get the victim to commit fraud on their behalf – as a money mule (accepting, then transferring money or goods) often unknowingly. Most romance scams begin via social media sites or online dating sites.

Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

  • Be suspicious when someone you haven’t met in person professes their love to you. Ask yourself –would someone I’ve never met really declare their love after only a few emails?
  • Be wary when someone you meet on social media wants to quickly move to a private mode of communication (email, text).
  •  If trying to set up an in-person meeting, be suspicious if they always have an excuse to not meet.
  • If you do actually set up a meeting – tell family and friends when and where you’re going and meet in a local, public place.
  • Do not share personal (birth date, address) or financial information with anyone you’ve only just met online or in person.
  • Never send intimate photos or video of yourself. The scammer may try to use these to blackmail you into sending money.
  • Be cautious when conversing with an individual that claims to live close to you but is working overseas.
  • Never under any circumstance send money for any reason. The scammer will make it seem like an emergency, they may even express distress or anger to make you feel guilty but DO NOT send money.
  • Should you be asked to accept money (e-transfer,cheque) or goods (usually electronics) for you to then transfer/send elsewhere, do not accept to do so. This is usually a form of money laundering which is a criminal offence.
  • If you suspect a loved one may be a victim of a romance scam – based on any of the above points –explain the concerns and risks to them and help them get out of the situation

Report it: How should I respond?

  • If you did send money or share financial information, report it to the financial institution used e.g. your bank, Western Union, MoneyGram.
  • Gather all information pertaining to the situation, including the scammer’s profile name, how you made contact, social media screenshots, emails, etc. and contact your local police.
  • File a report with the CAFC toll-free at 1-888-495-8501 or online www.antifraudcentre.ca 
  • Notify the dating website or social media site where you met the scammer. Scammers usually have more than one account. Be proactive, tell family, friends, coworkers and neighbours about your experience to warn them about romance scams.

 

* Information provided the RCMP and Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Theft Suspect for Identification

Theft Suspect for Identification
February 12th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service is looking for the public's assistance in identifying a male after he fled on foot after stealing over $500 of meat and seafood.

On Friday, February 9th, 2018 just before 3:00 pm the Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) at Zehrs located at 11 Bryne Drive, in the City of Barrie, observed a male enter the store and immediately fill up a cart with meat, seafood and a few additional items. He then walked directly back to the exit making no attempt to pay for his full cart.  The LPO approached the male who fled on foot through the parking lot. 

Description: 

  • Male, white
  • Scruffy facial hair
  • Brownish hair
  • Approximately 50-years-old 
  • Wearing a baseball hat, blue jacket and green pants

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact PC S Campbell of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2714 or email at scampbell@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

Occurrence #: BA18006724

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

 
 

Speedy Change Room Thief Takes Off with New Outfit

Speedy Change Room Thief Takes Off with New Outfit
February 8th, 2018 - Police & the Community

The Barrie Police Service is looking to identify a male who pulled a change room quick change and left without paying for his new outfit.

On Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at 12:00 pm the lone male entered the Roots store located in the Georgian Mall at 509 Bayfield Street, in the City of Barrie. He conversed shortly with a store employee who let him into the change room with a sweatshirt and sweat pants.  Moments later the male exited the change room without the items he entered with and scurried out of the store, not responding to the inquisitive employee.  When the change room was checked, it appeared the male had removed the security tags from the items.

Description:

  • Male, white
  • Approximately 30-years-old
  • 350-400lbs
  • 6'0"
  • Shaggy beard and long unkempt hair
  • Wearing a black Oakley baseball cap, white shirt under a black hoody, black winter coat with grey sleeves with unknown logo on back (number 5 over a 7), blue jeans and grey/white running shoes

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact PC B Carleton of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2549 or email at bcarleton@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

Occurrence #: BA18006354

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

 

Group of Four Strike Various Stores in the Mall

Group of Four Strike Various Stores in the Mall
February 7th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service is investigating a string of thefts from various stores in the Georgian Mall between January 25th and February 1st where a team appear to execute a well laid out plan when entering each location.

On Thursday, February 1st, 2018 officers attended the Georgian Mall located at 509 Bayfield Street, in the City of Barrie, and met with security to discuss multiple reports of thefts over the last week.  Two (2) stores located in the mall, Champs and FootLocker, had items stolen on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 when four (4) suspects entered the store and quickly selected multiple men's clothing items, concealing them in re-usable shopping bags.  The group promptly left the store before staff were aware the items had been removed.  On Thursday, February 1st, 2018 the same foursome attended Aldo and swiftly selected a large quantity of costume jewelry.  On this date security was immediately notified and the group was spotted on the second level retreating to a waiting get-away car. 

The group is believed to connected to other similar thefts in the Peel, York and Durham area. Barrie Police Criminal Investigative Services is continuing the investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact DC P Butera of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2778 or email at pbutera@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

Occurrence #: BA18004208, BA18004223 & BA18004367

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

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Male Identified After Selling Stolen Meat in Parking Lot

Male Identified After Selling Stolen Meat in Parking Lot
February 6th, 2018 - Police & the Community

UPDATE: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

Barrie Police Service has identified the male suspect in relation to the theft of meat from the Real Canadian Superstore three (3) times in January.  The 44-year-old Barrie male will be facing multiple charges of Theft Under $5000.


Barrie Police Service is looking for the public's assistance in identifying a male responsible for, on multiple occasions, stealing meat and attempting to sell it in the parking lot of the grocery store he just came from.

On three (3) occasions in January, most recently Sunday, January 28th, 2018, an unknown male suspect entered the Real Canadian Superstore grocery store located at 289 Yonge Street, in the City of Barrie.  On each occasion, the male filled a cart with meat and immediately left the store without paying.  The store was notified when a concerned customer informed an employee that a male was selling meat in the parking lot, which seemed suspicious.  Surveillance video showed the same male moments before exiting the store with the stolen meat.  The male was not located or identified as he had fled before employees or police arrived. 

Description:

  • Male, black
  • 25 to 30-years-old
  • Approximately 6' and medium build
  • Wearing a yellow/orange baseball hat, grey jacket, zip up dark coloured hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and grey shoes

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact PC J Todd of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2775 or email at jtodd@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Occurrence #: BA18004800

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Un-plated Infiniti Involved in Gas Theft

Un-plated Infiniti Involved in Gas Theft
February 5th, 2018 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Service is investigating a theft of gas from a local gas station after a vehicle with no front or back licence plate filled up and left without paying.

On Friday, February 2nd, 2018 just after 11:30 pm an un-plated black, 4-door Infiniti Q50 attended the Circle K Convenience located at 62 Essa Road in the City of Barrie. The single male driver exited the vehicle and filled up over $70.00 of gas before leaving the gas station travelling southbound on Burton Avenue.  

Description:

  • Male, black 
  • Tall, thin build
  • Wearing red and white running shoes, blue jeans, dark jacket or long sleeve shirt and toque

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact PC P Matte of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2557 or email at pmatte@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Occurrence #: BA18005492

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

One Year Later Police Continue to Seek Leads into the Disappearance of Mandy Thompson

One Year Later Police Continue to Seek Leads into the Disappearance of Mandy Thompson
February 2nd, 2018 - Police & the Community

On Friday, February 3, 2017, just after 7:30 a.m., 72-year-old Mandy Thompson went missing from her residence on Laidlaw Drive, in the City of Barrie.

Extensive searches throughout the City of Barrie and into Oro-Medonte Township were carried out during the month of February and again, on March 1 and April 18, 2017. 

Several tips were received which led Investigators to obtaining video surveillance that captured Mandy walking north-bound on Penetanguishene Road, the morning of her disappearance at 10:00 a.m. Vehicle canvases along Penetanguishene Road were conducted and with assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police and Georgian Bay Volunteer Search & Rescue, ground and aerial searches were conducted, which encompassed the north-east end of Barrie and into Oro-Medonte Township.

The investigation into her disappearance is ongoing and continues to be treated as a missing person’s investigation. Investigators continue to work closely with the Thompson family who have stated; "After a difficult year our family continues to hope for closure to find Mandy; a beloved wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother, sister and friend. We would appeal to anyone who may have seen something but never called it in because they may have thought it was too late or insignificant, we ask them to call police now or call Crime Stoppers if they want to remain anonymous. Mandy's family would like to express their gratitude to Barrie Police Service, OPP, South Simcoe Police Service, Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue, the media, the community of Barrie and surrounding area, our friends and anyone who helped search for Mandy and/or shared the posts and information on social media."

Mandy is described as;

  • Female, white
  • 5'8" (173 cm)
  • Thin build, 139 lbs. (63 kg)
  • Short red-brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Wearing a black knee length jacket, white sweater, jeans and white running shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Barrie Police Homicide Unit at 705-725-7025 ext. 2160 or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. An e-mail can also be sent to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains at canadasmissing-disparuscanada@rcmp-grv.gc.ca  -Case reference: 2017006106  

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

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