Officers on fitness ride make arrest

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:11 a.m. July 25, 2019
Updated: 7:43 a.m. July 26, 2019

A group of Toronto Police officers and civilians early morning fitness ride was interrupted by burglars wheeling their loot.

Several bicycles parked around a large green waste bin
Waste bin containing stolen items

On Monday, July 22 around 6.30 a.m. the group of about 15 were cycling on Rosedale Valley Road when they noticed two people pulling a waste bin and bicycle.

“We saw them walking east through the shrubs on the north side of the road and someone in the group shouted, ‘I think he’s stealing the garbage bin’,” recalled Insp. Hank Idsinga who said the ride enhances fitness and teamwork.

At the rear of the pack were Insp. Justin Vander Heyden and D/Sgt. Donald Theriault of 13 Division along with Sgt. Murray Barnes of 51 Division who stopped to investigate what they were doing with the bin.

Inside the City of Toronto waste container were a laptop, safe, computer and bottles of liquor.

“Everything was in plain sight and they were arrested,” said Idsinga.

The arresting officers called in 52 Division Major Crime Unit who found out the items were stolen a few minutes earlier from a business establishment at 754 Yonge St. near Bloor St.

A male and female suspect were charged with theft.

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