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Boat break-in suspects try to evade capture by jumping in lake

Two men, aged 73 and 33, charged following attempted break-and-enter at Lakeshore Drive marina in Barrie
City of Barrie Marina is shown in a file photo.

Things didn't go swimmingly on the weekend for a pair of would-be thieves. 

The two waterlogged men face criminal charges after Barrie police responded to a reported break-in at the city marina late Saturday night.

One of the men, who is 73 years old, was injured after striking his head on a rock as he leapt into the water, according to police. 

Just after 11 p.m., June 17, officers were called to a break-and-enter at a boat docked at the City of Barrie Marina , located at 55 Lakeshore Dr.

One of the suspects, a 33-year-old man of no fixed address, initially evaded capture by jumping into the bay, police say. 

He was followed closely by the other suspect, who also jumped into the water and was injured.

Both men were eventually located as they exited the water and were taken into custody.

The two men have been charged with break and enter. The older of the two has also been charged with four counts of breach of probation.

The 73-year-old man was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on July 26.

The 33-year-old man was held for a bail hearing, but was later released to the same July court date.