On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Barrie Police Service was advised of a robbery that had just taken place at large retail store located on Bayfield Street in north Barrie.

Upon arrival at the scene, police learned that the male suspect responsible had entered the store and proceeded to select a number of items and placed them in a backpack. As the male passed all points of sale, he failed to pay for the selected items that he had selected. This thief then left the store and when approached by a Loss Prevention Officer, a struggle ensued, a knife was violently displayed, and a serious threat was made.

The Loss Prevention Officer released their grip on the suspect who fled on foot towards Livingstone Street West, but only did so after receiving a minor non-life-threatening injury.

Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying this suspect who is described as male white, approximately 20-30 years old, wearing a black balaclava which covered his entire face and only exposed his eyes. He was also wearing a large grey hooded sweater with the hood over his head, blue jeans, black shoes with a white sole and carrying a dark coloured backpack with yellow/green lining around the zippers.

Anyone with information with regards to this incident or may know the identity of the suspect being sought is asked to please contact Barrie Police Constable Halkidis at 705-725-7025, extension 2652.

Occurrence #: BA24011039
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon


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