Each week, Torontoist chooses the most interesting cases from the Toronto Police Service crime blotter. All charges are alleged until proven under law.
• An investigation is underway about a man posing as a police officer who is allegedly stealing personal belongings in the Entertainment District. The guy apparently uses imitation police equipment to gain entry into clubs, then steals unattended purses and mobile phones. Real cops are mandated to carry specific identification, which they are sworn to provide to anyone upon request.
• York Regional Police were in the McCowan and Steeles area for an unrelated matter when they witnessed three men breaking into a house. When the officers apprehended the men, they discovered an ecstasy lab inside the home. An 8-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy were also inside the home and were turned over to the Children’s Aid Society. Upon serving a warrant, the police siezed 214 kilos of MDMA (including 140,000 pills) with an estimated street value of $21.4 million. Factoring in the cutting agent and pill presses also discovered, that value rises potentially to over $40 million.
• A 21-year-old man sought for a hit-and-run fatality in Vancouver on June 27, 2006 was arrested in Toronto and will return to Vancouver to face sentencing.
• On Thursday, the Chabad Midtown Jewish Community Centre on Bathurst Street was vandalized by a 20-year-old man allegedly wearing clothing and items characteristic of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. The man was charged with mischief.
• A fight at the Beaver & Firkin pub on Eglinton East left a 16-year old dead from multiple stab wounds. The 20-year-old alleged suspect fled the scene in a taxi with another woman and surrendered to police with his lawyer the following day.
• On Saturday, a 44-year-old general contractor hung around the the McDonalds dining area on the ground floor of the Eaton Centre allegedly showing kiddie porn to children, apparently in full view of the public. A mall patron called the cops and the suspect was arrested and charged.
• A serious collision on Wednesday that closed College and Bathurst for several hours was the result of drunk driving. A 22-year-old passenger in the suspect’s car was taken to hospital with life-threatening head injuries. The suspect and the driver of the other car were uninjured.
Anyone with information on the crimes listed above is asked to contact police at 416−808−2222 (non-emergency), or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com. Photo by Tyson Williams in the Torontist Flickr pool. Some data are based on preliminary information and may not be verified. Crime classifications may change at a later date.