Police determine the same suspect robbed two convenience stores

Police have dubbed the suspect in robberies at two convenience stores the ‘backpack bandit’

The search is ongoing for the ‘backpack bandit’ who seems to have developed a taste for robbing convenience stores.
The Barrie Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance regarding a robbery that occurred at 4:45 a.m. Thursday morning, at the Circle K Convenience Store at 477 Grove Street East.
After robbing the store, the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and cigarettes, police report, adding that from the description of the suspect, provided by the store clerk and confirmed from video, it has been determined that this person is the same person who robbed the Circle K store at 353 Duckworth Street, Wednesday at 4:51 a.m.
Again, the suspect entered the store armed with what appears to be a bear repellant type spray product, and this time actually discharged it striking the clerk. The clerk was not seriously injured, but was incapacitated for a short time until the effects of the spray wore off, police report.
The suspect being sought in both of these robberies is described as a white male, 5’11- 6″, medium build, dark coloured eyebrows, wearing a black sweater, black pants, black toque, black balaclava and black shoes. Police have noticed that the readily identifiable red bandana that the suspect wore in the area of his left hip in the last robbery was not worn this time.
The Barrie Police Service is asking anyone with information on this robbery to contact Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2741, to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.