Suspect armed with paintball gun: police

July 14, 2017

Barrie police are investigating a robbery reported Thursday at the Petro Canada on Blake Street.
Police report that two individuals entered the store dressed in all black with hoods up and their faces covered. Both suspects carried backpacks and one had a black paintball gun in-hand. The suspect with the paintball gun demanded the small amount of money available from the cash register while the second collected various cigarette packages, police report.
The two suspects were reported fleeing westbound from the store and continued north out of sight. Barrie Police K9 Unit attended and followed a track collecting evidence in relation to the robbery but were unable to locate the suspects. The victim did not sustain any physically injuries during the incident.
Police are continuing their investigation and ask anyone who may have information to please contact Barrie Police Service-Criminal Investigative Division at 705-725-7025 ext. 2129. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.

In other police news:

Barrie city police continue to look for a male who wanted after an early morning robbery where a good Samaritan entered the store during the robbery and assisted calling 9-1-1 for the employee.
On Friday, July 14th, at 1:40 a.m. a single male suspect entered the Mac’s Convenience at 149 Dunlop Street East, in the City of Barrie, and demanded money while threatening the employee, police report. While the robbery was taking place, a second male entered the store to purchase items.
The employee being robbed was able to communicate undetected what was conspiring and the citizen jumped into action and called 911. He was confronted momentarily by the suspect who was suspicious of what he was doing on his cell phone, but the witness was able to deflect and leave the store with his purchases, police report.
He stayed on the phone with dispatchers while keeping an eye on the inside of the store.  The employee was also able to press multiple hold up alarms to alert Mac’s Securities of the incident. The suspect quickly collected a small amount of cash and exited the store travelling south on Mulcaster Street and disappearing out of sight of the witness. The victim did not sustain any physically injuries during the incident.

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