Barrie police seeking Walmart nap and grab suspect

The Barrie Police Service headquarters. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Police are seeking to identify a suspect accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a Walmart in Barrie — after sleeping for part of the night at the store.

According to Barrie police, on Sept. 8, a man entered the Walmart on Mapleview Drive sometime before the store closed for the night.

Police say the suspect hid behind merchandise on a shelf in the housewares department.

Officers believe the suspect slept there for several hours.

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Police say on Sept. 9 at around 1 a.m., the suspect emerged from the shelf and allegedly selected merchandise from various departments and removed them from the store.

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According to police, the value of the items reported stolen is approximately $4,500.

Police are now searching for a male suspect who is tall and thin. Police say the suspect entered the store wearing a grey T-shirt with peach coloured sleeves, a black sweater over his shoulders, black and white shoes and a green and yellow hat.

Officers say the suspect emerged from the shelves wearing the black sweater with a large, white logo on the front and had the hood pulled up.

According to police, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 705-725-7025 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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