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North Bay thief used smoke bomb to distract during robbery

A 33-year-old North Bay man is facing mischief and theft charges and is accused of using a coloured smoke bomb as a distraction so he could steal from a local business, police say.

The accused set off the smoke bomb at a business on Seymour Street around 9:45 p.m. Sept. 18 before stealing about $700 worth of merchandise, North Bay police said in a news release Monday.

"Damage from the smoke bomb is estimated at approximately $6,300," police said.

Officers with the street crime unit found him around 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and made the arrest.

He is charged with mischief over $5,000, theft under $5,000, trafficking in property obtained by crime and failing to comply with a probation order.

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

None of the allegations has been proven in court. Top Stories

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