Barrie woman facing slew of charges after accused of stealing vehicle and dog

The dog was safely returned to its owner

Orillia OPP have charged a Barrie woman with multiple offences following a collision where the driver fled on foot.

On Saturday, June 4, just before 3:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a single-vehicle collision where a hydro pole was struck, and the vehicle landed on its roof at Line 7 in Oro-Medonte.

Police say they received information that the driver fled into the bush after the crash, and the vehicle was recently stolen in Barrie, along with the owner’s dog.

With the help of locals, the OPP and canine unit located the suspect hiding in the attic of a residence a short distance away.

Officers say they continued to scour the area searching for the stolen dog, and found it hidden in a nearby vehicle – where it was placed by the accused. 

Related: Dog reunited with 91-year-old owner after being taken in vehicle theft

A 43-year-old Barrie woman has been charged with:

  • Break, Enter- place
  • Theft over $5,000 -motor vehicle  
  • Theft under $5000                
  • Possession property obtained by crime (over $5000)    
  • Possession property obtained by crime (under $5000)   
  • Possession of a credit card
  • Dangerous operation           
  • Fail to stop after accident, 

The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Orillia court in late July.

Police returned the dog, who appeared uninjured, to its rightful owner a short time later.

Feature image – file photo – Barrie 360

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