Police seek suspects in home renovation fraud in downtown Toronto | Crime

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying three suspects in a home renovation fraud in downtown Toronto.

Toronto police said a man knocked on the door of a home near Henry and Baldwin streets, and stated he was a home renovator and had observed damage on the home’s roof March 10.

“The suspect demanded to come inside and went into the residence with two other suspects,” police said in a news release. “All three suspects advised the victim the roof needed immediate repairs for a water leak.”

The suspects demanded a cash payment and wouldn’t leave until they received one, police said, adding the victim paid the suspects, who then left, promising to return to complete the work. The suspects didn’t return. They were seen knocking on doors of other homes in the area, police said.

One suspect is described as 40 to 50 years old with a large build and was wearing a green-plaid shirt and a black vest. Another is described as 25 to 35 years old with a thin build and was wearing a dark jacket and a neon safety vest. The third suspect was 25 to 35 years old with a medium build, wearing dark clothing and a neon safety vest and carrying a red-and-black tool bag.

Anyone with information is asked to call 52 Division police at 416-808-5200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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