Post City’s an­nual crime re­port

How safe is For­est Hill?

Village Post - - Contents - — Sa­man­tha Peksa

Jewel thieves use lad­ders to en­ter For­est Hill homes

Some­one is tar­get­ing high-end homes in For­est Hill, and po­lice are at a loss for who the sus­pect or sus­pects may be.

Po­lice con­sta­ble Ti­mothy Somers of the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) 53 Divi­sion said there have been five break and en­ters near Eglin­ton Av­enue West and Spad­ina Road since early Oc­to­ber — that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve are re­lated.

Ac­cord­ing to Somers, po­lice have not ruled out one of the most pro­lific break-and-en­ter artists in Toronto’s his­tory, Shane Gagnon, who was charged with 31 break and en­ters in 2014 as a re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion dubbed Project Spi­der­man. Gagnon’s modus operandi was sim­i­lar to the re­cent break-ins as he was known to gain en­try to each home through the roof to steal ex­pen­sive jew­ellery.

“We’re not ruling him out, but we’re not say­ing it’s him ei­ther,” said Somers, who noted Gagnon has been re­leased since he was charged in 2014. “We’re con­sid­er­ing ev­ery­thing right now.”

The break and en­ters oc­curred on Oct. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17, some­time in the evening. In most cases the cul­prit was able to gain en­try through a se­cond-floor win­dow to steal watches and jew­ellery of high value. On two oc­ca­sions, a lad­der was left out nearby, and it was used to ac­cess the se­cond floor. How­ever, on Oct. 17, the cul­prit was able to en­ter the home through the main floor.

A TPS re­port notes that who­ever is re­spon­si­ble isn’t shy. On at least one oc­ca­sion, the thief or thieves were em­bold­ened to steal from a res­i­dence while the own­ers were inside.

Ac­cord­ing to Somers, po­lice are wait­ing on sur­veil­lance footage and hope to re­lease pho­tos of the sus­pect or sus­pects shortly. In the mean­time, TPS has cau­tioned the pub­lic to lock win­dows and doors, re­move any lad­ders from plain sight and re­port all sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

There have been 373 break and en­ters through­out Mid­town neigh­bour­hoods in 53 Divi­sion as of Oct. 16 this year.

Five high-end homes were tar­geted in For­est Hill

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