Police believe Barrie home was targeted

Barrie police continue to investigate what they are calling a possible home invasion at a south-end residence.
On Dec. 1, about 11:15 p.m., police report being called to the residence in regards to a possible home invasion. When they arrived they were told by the victim that at around 11 p.m. he heard a knock at his door. When the door was opened, “a non-white male had indicated his car had just broken down,” and he asked to use the phone. Police say the victim returned to the door with a phone and discovered two “non-white males,” one wearing a mask and the other with a scarf covering his face. A white female, approximately five feet tall, was also present, wearing a purple and teal coat with a hood.
The three parties forced their way into the residence and advised the victim to lay on the floor, police report. One of the males was armed with a knife during the attack, police report. Two other residents were forced to remain in their bedrooms while the three parties ransacked the house.
The three parties were able to obtain a quantity of cash, marihuana and some household electronics before they fled on foot, police report, adding they were provided with the description of the suspects and began searching the area.
Approximately 10 minutes after the call, an officer observed the two males matching the description in the area of the plaza located at Bayview and Little. When the officer stopped to investigate the males, they were found to be in possession of items taken from the residence, police report. They were immediately arrested. A search for the female came up with negative results.
Police feel that the residence was targeted and this was not an act of random violence. The males, 23 and 24, both from Toronto, are being held for bail and are facing charges of break, enter and commit theft, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a controlled substance. Police ask anyone with knowledge on the identity of the female to contact them.