Price-switching shoplifter chased through Cabela’s parking lot in Barrie

Barrie police are seeking the public’s help finding a price-switching shoplifter after recently receiving video surveillance from Cabela’s.

Police were called to Cabela’s at 50 Concert Way on June 29 for a theft and fraud after loss prevention staff chased a suspect through the parking lot because he was known to them.

The suspect attended the store twice on June 24. The first time he allegedly concealed two hunting knives and discarded the packaging on a nearby shelf. He was then seen switching several price tags on hammocks and later paying $29.99 for a hammock that had been priced at $99.99. Later that same day, he pulled the same fraud again, police say.

On June 26, the suspect returned to Cabela’s and once again stole several hunting knives and switched the price tag on hammocks. 

A loss-prevention officer recognized him when he attempted the same crimes again on June 29. He fled the Park Place shopping plaza in a black SUV. 

The investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is described as:

Male, white, 43 to 45 years old

Heavy build, six feet tall

• He was wearing a baseball hat, red, long-sleeved shirt, light-coloured shorts and sandals.

Anyone with information is asked to Const. Claus at 705-725-7025, ext. 2649, [email protected], or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.