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$30,000 telescope stolen from backyard observatory

It's custom made and one of a kind
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Barrie Police are currently investigating the theft of a very unique and one-of-a-kind item worth over $30,000 that has been stolen from a back yard observatory structure.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 Barrie Police attended an address on Owen Street, in the City of Barrie, in regards to a missing custom-made telescope. 

The complainant advised the item was removed from the locked rear observatory sometime between Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. 


  • Custom made entirely of aircraft aluminum
  • 9 feet long in total 
  • Camera attached to the telescope is a Canon 1DX  
  • Mount that pivots also made of aircraft aluminum and is in two pieces
  • Attached to this is a computer that controls the telescope
  • Inscribed at the bottom of the mount is the following: JP7007 along with the complainants thumb print

Detectives are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2166. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at