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Police not amused, looking for prank caller (update)

On May 8 police received a call from a payphone at an Esso station where the caller claimed to have seen a male holding a handgun being forced to exit a car



May 18 update

Investigators have identified the male who called 9-1-1. The male did in fact believe what he had witnessed to be a crime in progress.

Investigators are continuing to investigate the circumstances that initiated the call 9-1-1.

At this time there is no further information and police a requesting anyone that may have been in the area at the time to call Investigators at 705-725-7025 Ext.2129 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at

May 17 original release

On Sunday, May 8, 2016 shortly after 5 p.m., Barrie police received a call from a pay phone at Esso located at 2 Bryne Drive, in the City of Barrie. 

The caller indicated he had seen a male holding a handgun being forced to exit a car.  

The description of the vehicle he gave did not match the licence plate he also provided and when police arrived on scene moments after the call, the male caller nor the male suspected to have a handgun could not be located.

The officer checked video surveillance and saw the male making the call and immediately running from the area. 

It appeared in the video he was trying to hide himself from the cameras while approaching the payphone. 

Also, no vehicle matching the description was seen in the area or on surveillance.

At this time the Barrie Police Service Criminal Investigative Division are treating this occurrence as a Public Mischief and are asking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.  

Anyone who may have information into the male in the area or the incident to please contact DC A Farrell of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2715. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at