A Barrie man faces a theft charge after, police say, he picked up a TV from the lobby of a local motel, put it under his jacket and ran away.

Barrie police say they were called to investigate an alleged theft that had occurred at a motel on Hart Drive late Saturday night.

Police say that motel management followed the man who ran away with the TV.

The TV was found at a nearby residence, along with the suspect.

Police say they believe alcohol was a factor in the incident.

The 42-year-old accused is due to appear in court in April.