Occurrence Number: GR08000140 et al

A 49 year old Barrie man has been arrested and charged with a rash of break and enters of churches and libraries located in West Grey that occurred during the winter of 2008.

An intensive multi-jurisdictional investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police, The West Grey, The Hanover and the Wingham Police Services began in January 2008. On May 26, 2008 Barry Jessie BARNES of Barrie was charged with 279 criminal charges.

The charges also relate to break and enter and thefts that occurred in the OPP’s West, Northeast, East and Central Regions as well as areas policed by the Belleville, Durham Regional, Halton Regional, Oxford Community, South Simcoe, Waterloo Regional, York Regional and Port Hope Police Services.

Barnes will appear in Owen Sound Court on June 2nd for a pre-trial hearing.

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