Alert citizen leads to arrest and stolen property

On Sunday, January 13, shortly after 8:00 p.m., a citizen who was out walking a family pet on Murray Street in Barrie heard a loud noise coming from a residence and observed an unknown male run from the rear of the home, police report.
The citizen immediately contacted the Barrie Police Service and responding officers attended to the area where they were assisted by the Canine Unit.
Police were also provided an excellent description of the suspect and located a male a short time later near Bayview Drive and Little Avenue. The male, 31 from Barrie, was arrested and was charged with one count of Break and Enter and Fail to Comply with a Probation Order.
As a result of the ongoing investigation which has been continued by the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit, a Criminal Code Search Warrant was executed yesterday at a residence located in Barrie and there was a significant amount of stolen jewellery, coins and other personal and family type heirlooms that were seized.
Police have also determined that the stolen property and some that was already sold had been from eight additional break and enters and that the accused has been carrying out break and enters throughout the city since November of 2018, normally by forcing open rear doors or windows of the targeted homes, police report. Additional criminal charges are expected.
Anyone with information on this mischief is asked to contact Constable Hankin of the Barrie Police Service at, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at
Photos of the recovered property are now available in a Facebook album on the Barrie Police Service Facebook Page. If you believe that any of these items belong to you, please contact Barrie Police Service investigators at 705-725-7025.