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Barrie police seek to identify man accused of stealing groceries, running across Hwy. 400

Barrie police are seeking to identify a man accused of stealing groceries before fleeing across Highway 400.
Barrie police are seeking to identify a man accused of stealing groceries before fleeing across Highway 400. Barrie Police Service / Facebook

Barrie police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man accused of stealing groceries from Walmart in the city’s south end.

According to police, on July 31 just after 6:30 p.m., a man was seen by a loss prevention officer walking past cashiers with a shopping cart full of meat at the Walmart on Mapleview Drive in Barrie.

Police say the loss prevention officer caught up to the man outside the store, placed him under arrest and requested he return to the store to wait for police.

According to police, the man fled eastbound, running across Highway 400, before the officer lost sight of him.

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Police say the cart of food containing $1,200 worth of meat and other grocery items was recovered and returned to the store.

Officers are now looking for a man, approximately five-feet-eleven-inches tall, weighing around 200 pounds. He was seen wearing a black hat, white coat or sweater, green shorts and black shoes.

Police say he had a strong accent and did not speak fluent English.

According to police the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. J. Frouws at 705-725-7025 ext. 2504 or at jfrouws@barriepolice.ca. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.p3tips.com.

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