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Real time surveillance system helps nab Cookstown break-in suspects

Two Barrie men and three others facing charges
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FILE PHOTO Kenneth Armstrong/Village Media

South Simcoe Police are crediting employees of a Cookstown business with helping nab five break-in suspects allegedly wearing disguises, armed with break-in tools and a prohibited weapon. 

Early this morning, police received a 911 call for a break and enter in progress at the business which is staffed 24 hours a day.

Employees watching the suspects from their surveillance system were able to give officers detailed information in real time which assisted in locating the suspect vehicle less than one kilometre away.

Officers arrested 5 men and seized the vehicle for further investigation.

The suspects have been charged with break and enter, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of break-in tools and commit indictable offence while wearing a disguise. 

The accused are two men from Barrie, aged 37 and 33, a 34-year old Shelbourne man, a 29-year old North Bay man and a 31-year old Jarrett man.

They will appear in Barrie court for bail hearing. 

South Simcoe Police Staff Sgt. Steve Wilson tells BarrieToday his service will investigate for possible links to other break-ins.

"We are currently working with the OPP to see if they may be connected to break and enters in their area," Wilson said.