Two men in their 20s from the Greater Toronto Area face charges after Barrie police were able to track them down following a foot chase.
Police say around noon on Wednesday a citizen called to report a woman running after a man in the northwest part of the city.
Officers located the woman who told them she was a victim of a purse theft that had taken place a short time earlier from a Burns Circle home, in the area of Leacock Drive and Cundles Road West. Police were told the purse contained a significant amount of money and the suspects were two males.
Assisted by members of the Tactical Support Unit, police set up a containment area which resulted in the arrest of one of the suspects in a nearby backyard. The Canine Unit joined the search, and after conducting a lengthy track, a second suspect was located in a home on Barrett Crescent.
During the canine track, police found several discarded packages that contained what is believed to be fentanyl as well as a loaded pistol.
The suspects from Pickering and Scarborough are facing theft, weapons, drug and failing to comply charges.
NOTE: Although police strongly believe that all the discarded property was located, any member of the public who may come across anything that appears to be out of place in the Burns Circle, Barrett Crescent, Dickens Drive or Mowat Crescent area is asked to immediately contact Barrie Police at 705-725-7025.