South Simcoe Police Service officers are searching for a suspect following two daytime break and enters on Aug. 13.
At about 4 p.m., police received a 911 call from a home in the Church and King St. area of Cookstown. A female resident reported there was a man with a handgun in her home. She said the man left after seeing her, got into a vehicle and drove off.
The second break and enter call, on the same day, was in the 13th Line and Highway 400 area of Bradford West Gwillimbury. A resident arrived home to find the house had been broken into sometime between 3:45 and 4:50 p.m. Numerous items were stolen.
The suspect is believed to be the same in both incidents. He is described as white with a thin beard. He was wearing a dark-coloured Under Armour hat, white t-shirt, black pants, black running shoes and sunglasses. He was walking slow.
The suspect vehicle is a black Dodge Ram pickup truck with orange lights on the roof of the cab and long, chrome running boards, chrome front grill and black rims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact South Simcoe Police Service at 950-775-3311, 705-436-2141 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).
Police remind residents that no possession or amount of money is worth your life. Always comply with demands during a robbery. Break and enters are often a crime of opportunity.
Tips to help prevent thieves from breaking into your home or your vehicle include always lock your doors and windows as well as your vehicle doors and garage doors. Secure all basement and ground-level windows and patio doors. Do not leave keys or garage door openers inside of your vehicle when it is parked in the driveway. Do not announce your travel plans or absence from home on social media or your phone’s voicemail. Do not discuss the contents of your home with others or leave boxes and packaging for expensive items on display in recycling bins. When someone rings your doorbell or knocks on your door, make them aware that someone is home, even if you don’t feel comfortable answering the door. Be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and call police immediately if you’re concerned.