Large Purse Used in Weekend Shoplifting

Woman Accused of Stealing Over $800-worth of Items From Barrie Store

Police are on the hunt for a suspect, after over $800 was swiped from a grocery store’s pharmacy department.

Officers were called to the Food Basics on Essa Rd. on Saturday with reports of a theft. A woman is accused of using a large purse to swipe about $850-worth of over-the-counter medication and ointments, before leaving the store without paying.

She is described as:

  • Middle Eastern
  • 30’s or 40’s
  • Approximately 5’2
  • Slim build.
  • Waring black heel boots with a long ankle-length leopard print dress, and a dark blue hijab with glasses on her head.

Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact Constable Claridge of the Barrie Police Service by email at You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at