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Thief thwarted, flees on bike after altercation with home owner

OPP looking for young male in dark coat; Incident highlights recent spike in thefts and mischief to unlocked vehicles in Orillia

The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding motorists and passengers to "lock it or lose It." 

There has been a recent spike in the number of thefts and mischiefs to unlocked vehicles in the Orillia area and the OPP would like to remind the public that a few simple precautions, such as always locking your vehicle doors and leaving valuables out of sight, can help protect your vehicle and its contents. 

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 shortly after 4 p.m., an unknown male suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and used the remote garage door opener to access the victim's garage.

The victim had left his vehicle unlocked for a short period of time while he entered his residence before returning to discover the suspect in his garage. The suspect fled after a brief altercation and was seen leaving the area on a bicycle. 

The male is described as late 20s to early 30s, wearing blue jeans, a dark winter coat and a black toque, riding a bicycle with fluorescent green around the handlebars. 

If anyone has knowledge of this incident or has seen anyone matching the description, please contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 705-326-3536.