Barrie Police identify man accused of using sob story to pull off south end scam

Man accused of lying about being in military to earn trust of pet store clerk

Barrie Police say a suspect has been identified, having been accused of making up a story to tug on some heartstrings.

Around noon on Tuesday, the suspect is accused of visiting the dog toy section at Ren’s Pets at Park Place. There, police say he took three items off the shelves and went to the cash register to “return” the unpurchased merchandise.

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“In order to gain favour from the cashier,” reads a police media release, “he claimed to be an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces and also provided a story that his dog had recently died which accounted for the reason that he did not have a receipt.”

Police say the suspect has since been identified and charged accordingly.