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Quick-thinking bank employee thwarts robbery attempt (5 photos)

Employee locked main doors of Mapleview Drive Scotiabank branch preventing gun-toting would-be robber from getting in the bank
The Barrie Police Service is requesting the assistance of the public with regards to an ongoing investigation.

On Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:19 p.m., police responded to report of an attempted robbery at the Scotiabank located at 688 Mapleview Dr. E. in the City of Barrie.

Upon arrival, it was determined by uniformed officers that the lone suspect involved had fled the scene northbound on Yonge Street in a grey-coloured, newer model Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), which may have been a Nissan Rogue. The suspect, who was armed with a shotgun, was able to only gain entry to the main door area of the bank after an alert employee was able to run and lock the door to the Branch.

Officers at the scene were also assisted by Barrie Police Tactical Support and Canine Unit. The ongoing investigation, which is being conducted by detectives from the Barrie Police Investigative Services and the Forensic Identification Unit, is continuing.

From surveillance video from within the bank, police are able to now provide the description of the suspect who carried out this early afternoon attempted robbery. The suspect is described as:

The suspect is described as:

  • Male, white, approximately 6’ tall, slim build, 20s or 30s
  • Wearing dark blue baseball style hat with an orange New York Mets logo, pink or red coloured bandana up over nose, grey long-sleeved shirt, dark pants, dark shoes with a white toe cap and soles, gloves and sunglasses (possibly red).

The Barrie Police Service is asking anyone with information on this robbery to contact Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2575, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online

Also, should anyone have dash camera video of a grey coloured 4-door passenger car traveling northbound or southbound on Yonge Street near Mapleview Drive East shortly after 1:19 p.m., you too are encouraged to immediately contact the Barrie Police Service.