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Masked suspect robs another Circle K, this time on Grove Street East

Suspect police are calling the 'Backpack Bandit' sprays clerk with bear repellent-type product
Photo provided by the Barrie Police Service.

The Barrie Police Service is requesting the assistance of the public with regards to a robbery that occurred this morning, at 4:45 a.m., at the Circle K Convenience Store located at 477 Grove St. E., in the City of Barrie.

After robbing the store, the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and cigarettes.

From the description of the suspect, which was provided by the store clerk and confirmed by on site video surveillance equipment, it has been determined that this person is the same person who robbed the Circle K Convenience Store located at 353 Duckworth Street on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 4:51 a.m.

Again, the suspect entered the store armed with what appears to be a bear repellent-type spray product and this time actually discharged it striking the on-duty clerk. The clerk was not seriously injured, but was incapacitated for a short time until the effects of the spray wore off.

The suspect being sought in both of these robberies is described as:

  • White male, 5’11- 6’, medium build, dark coloured eyebrows, wearing a black sweater, black pants, black toque, black balaclava and black shoes.

Police have noticed that the readily identifiable red bandana that the suspect wore in the area of his left hip in the last robbery was not worn this time.

The Barrie Police Service is asking anyone with information on this robbery to contact Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2741, to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at