Police report arrest of ‘backpack bandit’

Barrie police have arrested a suspect in what has been dubbed the ‘backpack bandit’ relating to robberies at local convenience stores.
On Wednesday, April 10, at 4:51 a.m., police responded to the Circle K Convenience Store located at 353 Duckworth Street after the store had been robbed. A second robbery, reportedly carried out by the same suspect, occurred at the Circle K Convenience Store located at 477 Grove Street East on Friday, April 12 at 4:45 a.m., police report.
The suspect, who was dubbed the backpack bandit, was arrested on Saturday, April 20 without incident, by members of the Barrie Police Investigative Services who had been conducting the ongoing investigation. As a result, a 19-year old male from Barrie has been charged with two counts Robbery With Weapon, two counts of Administer Noxious Substance, two counts of Use Disguise with Intent, two counts of Assault with a Weapon ((2 Counts), and two counts of Weapons Dangerous.
The accused was held for a bail hearing and has been remanded into custody pending a future court date.