The attempted theft of a section of copper pipe from a Glen Park Avenue home caused a massive gas leak that put the lives of those in the area in danger.
According to the police suspects tried to steal a piece of a copper gas line leading to the home’s furnace on Nov. 9. Upon rupturing the line the suspects fled the scene.
The damage resulted in 40 percent of the home’s volume being filled with natural gas. At those levels, if the building exploded, it would have caused considerable damage to the area.
Copper pipe is considered a valuable commodity and police say theft of these pipes is an emerging trend.
In recent months there have been a large number of reports of break-and-enters in the North Toronto area targeting copper pipe. Homes under renovation, recently sold or vacant are considered the prime targets.
Police are warning the community to make sure their homes are properly secure and to notify police by calling 911 if you see any suspicious people or activity around your neighbourood.
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