Barrie fraudsters suck the cost out of Dyson vacuums

Two suspects are wanted after at least two distraction frauds at a Barrie Canadian Tire store.

Barrie police say the suspects made off with two Dyson vacuums valued at about $800 each for an incredibly low price.

The suspects were seen on surveillance camera May 22 and June 4 in the vacuum area of the Bayfield Street store.

The first male applies a sticker bar code from a cheaper item on the Dyson box. He returns the item to the shelf and leaves the store. A short time later, the second male enters and selects the incorrectly labelled Dyson. 

He goes to the cashier, where he lifts the item so it can be scanned and then distracts the cashier from looking over the item.

After reviewing the store’s inventory numbers, investigators believe the fraud has been going on for some time. A full review of video surveillance will determine how many items were taken, police say.

The first suspect is described as:

Male, white

Thin build

45 to 55-years-old

Short brown and grey hair

Wearing black jacket, blue jeans, brown shoes and black shirt

The second suspect is described as:

Male, white

Wearing brown shoes, blue jeans, blue plaid shirt, black baseball cap and black jacket

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Guy Peters  at 705-725-7025 ext. 2761 or [email protected] Any information can be provided anonymously to  at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at