‘Poo bandit’ strikes in North York
By Jenny Yuen,
30 October 2016
Someone threw pink bags of excrement in this condo laneway in North York.
(Victor Tran Photo)
It started with a single plastic bag of excrement landing in a North York condo building laneway about a year ago.
Then the bags started to add up.
Some days, up to five little clumps of poop — human or animal unknown —
would wind up on the ground, near an adjacent daycare centre and on top
of port-a-potties at a construction site across the street.
Sometimes, the waste would be delicately wrapped in a paper towel or
toilet paper in the laneway behind Gibson Square, at 5168 Yonge St.,
near Empress Ave.
Victor Tran, a resident in the area, wants to know “the poo bandit”
behind it. In a heartfelt plea, he posted photos of the bags of feces
on Reddit asking for more information.
He suspects the culprit is flinging the disgusting packages from a balcony high-up in the condo building.
“There was only one guy who witnessed an Asian lady chuck s--- off her
balcony, but no one has any hard evidence,” Tran, 32, said.
“It’s just getting a lot worse now. It used to be once a month. There
are multiple piles. Everyone’s been complaining. It’s disgusting.”
Toronto Police confirm workers from the construction company — Sobara
Group, which is building its Beacon Condos project — filed a complaint
Oct. 4. Complainants told investigators various objects had been tossed
from an unknown balcony into the area where they worked.
“The items included, glass bottles, fruits, and on the day of the
report, a bag of dog excrement was tossed,” said Const. Allyson
Douglas-Cook. “It is undetermined exactly where the items are being
tossed from, however it is believed be coming from a balcony at 5168
Yonge St. That is all the information we have at this time, the
investigation is ongoing.”
A spokesman from Sobara Group didn’t answer requests for comment.
The director of Yonge Hearts Childcare, who only identified herself as
Jennifer, said it was concerning someone was dropping dung from above,
especially near children.
“We do have children running around and (the bags) were landing near
our parking lot and they were also landing in the construction lane,”
In an unrelated incident earlier this month, a Toronto man – John
Benzinger, 60 – was charged with 12 counts of mischief and 12 counts of
offensive volatile substance after police were made aware of a number
of disposable coffee cups filled with human feces and urine on parking
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