Bradford Men Sentenced in Armed Robberies

(Barrie, ON) A Bradford man was given a 10-year sentence for his part in a series of armed robberies in Bradford and York Region.

28-year-old Robert Collings was convicted last January of five pharmacy store robberies that occurred in 2016-2017 along with numerous drug charges including several counts of possession and possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. These convictions included fentanyl and hydromorphone.

Collings co-accused, 23-year-old Cole Boardman of Bradford, received a three and a half year sentence and three years probation. Boardman was also convicted in January of one Bradford robbery and robbery with a weapon as well as numerous drug charges including several counts of possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking. These convictions included fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and hydromorphone.

The sentencing for both men occurred in Barrie court on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 before Justice Jonathan Bliss.

In October 2016, South Simcoe Police Service Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) investigated two Bradford pharmacy store robberies. The investigation led to identify two suspects. These suspects were linked to further pharmacy store robberies in York region. A three month joint investigation was conducted by the South Simcoe Police Service CIB and the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police Technical Support Branch. The investigation led to the arrests on Thursday, January 26, 2017 of two Bradford men for the pharmacy armed robbery series. Search warrants were executed at two Bradford homes resulting in the seizure of weapons, cash and a large quantity of drugs, including fentanyl patches, heroin, cocaine and a wide variety of other narcotics.