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Suspect took $37 worth of groceries: police

A man arrested for shoplifting at a Yonge Street grocery story Monday morning was carrying more than $1,700 cash, police say.

Barrie police were called to the store around 10:30 a.m. after store security spotted a man taking $37 worth of groceries and try to leave without paying. When the man was approached by a loss prevention officer at the store, police say a struggle ensued.

Besides $1,700 in cash, police say the man was also in possession of controlled prescription narcotics.

A 68-year-old man was charged with theft under $5,000, assault to resist arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

He was released with a future court date.



A man was arrested for impaired driving Sunday night after a Barrie police officer spotted him strike a sign near Simcoe Street.

According to police, a vehicle was spotted leaving a parking lot on Mulcaster Street and turn left onto Simcoe Street, and then drove up on the centre median and strike a 'Stay Right of the Median' sign on the front driver's side.

The officer pulled over the vehicle, but the driver failed to put it in 'park'. The officer assisted and noticed the strong smell of alcohol on the driver's breath. Police say the driver's speech was also slurred.

The man was arrested and taken to the station where he blew twice the legal limit. A 57-year-old Gilford man was charged accordingly and released with a future court date.



Barrie police closed the westbound lanes of Mapleview Drive in the area of Bayview Drive for about an hour Sunday night after a tuck lost part of its load onto the roadway.

Police were called around 11:30 p.m. after the load, which included milk canisters, fell off the truck. A city work crew was called in to sand the area. There were no injuries.


Christmas Eve shoplifter nabbed

Barrie police were called to a Bayfield Street grocery store just be closing time on Christmas Eve.
Police say a woman was seen walking around the store with her children and placing various food and clothing items in her cart. She then went to the front of the store and exited into the parking lot without paying.
A store security investigator watched her steal the items and placed her under arrest. The woman and her children were brought back in to the store and the police were called.
A 26-year-old woman was charged with theft under $5,000. She was released from custody with a future court date. All of the items were recovered.

Bad food no reason for 911 call

Police have enough problems with inadvertent 911 calls.
Around 9 p.m. on Dec.. 24, a woman called 911 from a Dunlop Street hotel to complain that the take-out Chinese food she ordered was not good. and that she wanted police assistance in getting her money back.
Officers instructed her on the proper use of the 911 emergency line and advised to call back on the non-emergency phone number.
She was also advised that her situation was not a matter that the police could help her with.

Christmas card leads to arrest

Barrie Police were called to a Johnson Street residence on Dec. 24 about a man breaching a restraining order.
A 51-year-old homeless man had gone to the residence to drop off a Christmas card for his daughter.
He placed the card in the mailbox and left prior to police arrival. He was located a short distance away and arrested and charged with breaching his restraining order.
He was later released with a future court date.

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