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

  • April 27, 2023

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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Minneapolis between remodel, new building for 3rd Precinct’s permanent home

  • April 24, 2023

The Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct headquarters at the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and East Lake Street has been closed since it burned and was looted during the rioting and protests following the murder of George Floyd in 2020.

The 75 officers assigned to the 3rd Precinct are now working out of temporary office space in downtown along Third Street.

But now the city is considering two options for putting the 3rd Precinct’s home base back within its bounds, Minneapolis City Council Vice President Linea Palmisano told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

“I would say it’s still a touchy subject in many different ways,” Palmisano said. “There are people who are upset that they don’t have a police precinct that they can go to for any different number of reasons that is right near their geography, and we need to change that.”

One option would be the complete remodel of the existing building. Option two would be the construction of an entirely new location, which has not yet been announced publicly. Palmisano said a remodeling project could cost anywhere between $12 million and $18 million, while a new building would probably be two to three times more costly.

The public will have a chance to give its input.

“There will be online surveys, large community meetings. There will be smaller conversations with people who maybe are not native English speakers. A lot of different ways to get parts of a pulse,” Palmisano said.

Palmisano said the two options will be introduced to the public next week.

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