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Police follow ‘trail of candy wrappers’ to intoxicated theft suspect in Ontario park

Barrie police say a 30-year-old man was found intoxicated in a nearby park surrounded by chocolate bar wrappers after a convenience store robbery.
Barrie police say a 30-year-old man was found intoxicated in a nearby park surrounded by chocolate bar wrappers after a convenience store robbery. AP Photo/Martin Meissner/File

Police say a candy wrapper trail led them to the arrest of an intoxicated 30-year-old theft suspect who was “passed out in the grass” in a Barrie, Ont. park after a convenience store robbery.

Barrie police responded to a report of a theft at a Mac’s Convenience store on Sunday at about 3:15 a.m.

Police said an employee told them the suspect had entered the store, gathered “many candy items” and attempted to leave without paying.

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When the employee allegedly tried to stop the suspect from leaving, police said he pushed him aside and ran from the store.

Investigators were allegedly able to locate the man at nearby Bayview Park, after following a “trail of candy wrappers left behind.”

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“He literally unwrapped a couple of chocolate bars while he was doing it and then lay down in the park for a little rest after enjoying his tummy full of candy,” said Const. Nicole Rodgers.

“He was intoxicated and needed a little place to rest for a couple of hours I think.”

Police said the 30-year-old Barrie man was located “intoxicated and passed out in the grass at the park, surrounded by the evidence of his crime.”

The unnamed man was arrested without incident and charged with theft under $5,000, assault and public intoxication.