UPDATE: Arrest Made In “Backpack Bandit” Case

Perp Demanded Backpack Be Filled With Cash

April 23

Barrie Police have made an arrest in the case of the so-called “Backpack Bandit”. A 19-year-old Barrie man has been charged with Robbery With A Weapon, Administer Noxious Substance, Use Disguise with Intent, Assault with a Weapon and Weapons Dangerous.

April 12

They’ve dubbed him the Backpack Bandit.

Barrie Police continue the search for a suspect following a second robbery that appears to involve the same man using a backpack to transport his ill-gotten gains.

Investigators say the suspect held up a Circle K on Grove St. in Barrie just before 5:00 Friday morning, again using bear spray to force the clerk to hand over cash. This time, police say he actually sprayed the clerk, who was incapacitated until the spray wore off.

April 10

Police are on the hunt for a suspect accused of using bear spray and a knife to rob a north end convenience store.

Investigators say the bad guy went into the Circle K on Duckworth around 5:00 Wednesday morning, and opened his backpack with demands it be filled from the cash register.

The clerk complied and the alleged robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as:

  • White male, 5’11, wearing black sweater, black pants, black toque, black balaclava and black shoes.
  • Despite being dressed entirely in black, a neatly folded red coloured bandana was also observed tucked into front left hip area.