No let up to vehicle thefts in Barrie, with 4 reported since Friday

Four vehicle thefts have been reported to Barrie police since Friday morning.

The owner of a 2009 Ford cargo van was contacted by York Regional Police around 5:00 a.m. Friday that their vehicle was found at the southbound Highway 400 ONroute in Vaughan after it was stolen sometime after 1 a.m. from his Cumberland Street driveway.

“In a strange twist, this stolen and then recovered van required a boost at the Onroute, and the good Samaritan who assisted the thief ended up having his van stolen,” police said in a news release on Monday.

The second theft reported to police was just before 8:45 a.m. on Friday and involved an orange-coloured 2022 Dodge RAM TRX pickup truck that was swiped from a Cumming Drive home.

“Video surveillance captured the thieves approaching the residence in question wearing balaclavas at 1:26 a.m. and then fleeing with the truck at 1:32 a.m. The truck had personalized Veteran licence plates VCMC, was locked, and had a steering wheel locking device affixed to it” according to a police news release. “The owner was also in possession of both sets of key fobs that were secured in a Faraday box. Broken glass was located on the driveway, and it is believed that the thieves broke a window to gain access to the truck before driving away with it,” according to the police news release.

A third theft involved a vehicle stolen from a Wildwood Trail home, though police are still piecing together the details.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the owner of a grey 2018 Ford Escape, with licence CLCR 940, discovered their SUV was swiped from their Patricia Avenue driveway sometime after 2 p.m. the day before. The owner was in possession of both sets of issued keys.