Barrie duo arrested in connection with series of armed robberies

Barrie police are investigating an alleged armed robbery at a Circle K convenience store in Barrie, Ont. on Mon. June 21, 2021 (FILE IMAGE)

Two Barrie residents face charges connected with a series of armed robberies at convenience stores across Barrie.

Police say officers responded to a call around 3:30 a.m. Thursday at the Circle K on Little Avenue, for reports of a suspect, armed with a knife, who stole cigarettes and a small amount of cash before taking off on foot.

Police say this was the eighth armed robbery reported at a Circle K store in the city since May 30.

They added that following the investigation, they are "very confident that the following locations were robbed by the now accused persons."

  • 110 Little Avenue (twice)
  • 353 Duckworth Street (twice)
  • 149 St. Vincent Street
  • 221 Ferndale Drive South
  • 320 Blake Street
  • 181 Livingstone Street East

Police arrested a 36-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman on Thursday night in connection to all eight robberies.

"Thankfully, no one was injured by the callous and self-serving actions of the two accused," said Deputy Chief Wyllie Allan in a release Friday.

The male suspect is charged with eight counts of robbery with a weapon, eight counts of disguise with intent and two counts of uttering threats.

He is being held in custody, waiting for a bail hearing Friday.

The woman also faces eight counts of robbery with a weapon. She was released with an Aug. 11 court date.