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Man charged after food delivery driver's vehicle stolen

Barrie police say driver was forced out of vehicle around 8:30 p.m., Thursday
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An Innisfil man charged with robbery with violence is likely wishing he’d skipped his decision to steal a car from a Skip the Dishes driver Thursday night. 

Barrie police got a call around 8:30 p.m., Jan. 12, after the driver was “forcefully removed” from his car while parked in a plaza on Dunlop Street, west of Highway 400, noted communications co-ordinator Peter Leon.

Leon described the restaurant that offers sit-down fast food as well as home delivery, and told BarrieToday the driver was not injured in the incident.

Moments later, police say an officer saw the vehicle parked near an alley on Toronto Street in the city’s downtown. When the officer turned his cruiser around to approach the car, the driver exited the vehicle and ran away on foot down a nearby alley.

The officer was able to quickly locate the male suspect, noted Leon, telling BarrieToday the arrest occurred at 8:39 p.m., only nine minutes after police first got the call.

A 34-year-old Innisfil man has been charged with robbery with violence, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired, possession of property obtained by crime, and possession of a Schedule 1 substance (cocaine). He was later released on an undertaking, with a future court date.