Man filmed brazenly stealing from a Toronto mailbox in broad daylight
If you live or work in Toronto's posh Bay and Bloor area and sent some important mail this week, you might want to reach out to the recipient and confirm receipt.
Puzzling criminal behaviour certainly feels like it's on the rise lately, and it's become so commonplace that even a brazen daylight theft on a busy shopping street was basically ignored by most passersby.
A video making the rounds on social media, apparently filmed this week, shows a man tipping over a Canada Post mailbox at the northwest corner of Bay and Bloor and proceeding to steal and stuff his pockets full of the bounty hidden within.
Another day in Toronto (New Thread) I will update this thread often, with “day in the life” of Toronto people POV videos. #Toronto #dayinthelifethe6 pic.twitter.com/oDTfwh2Dyp— Kyle.Taylor (@livingbyyyz) February 10, 2023
Though the original post on TikTok notes that police were notified of the blatant theft, pedestrians and motorists can be seen passing the active crime, going about their business as if nothing is wrong.
Not even paying attention to being filmed lol— Kyle.Taylor (@livingbyyyz) February 10, 2023
Despite the poster's claim, a representative of the Toronto Police Service was unable to verify or comment to blogTO on the activities shown in the video, and later confirmed that officers at 53 Division had received no report of this incident.
Whether in an attempt to hide the evidence or just a kind gesture of goodwill, the perpetrator proceeded to hoist the mailbox back into position after stealing its contents.
At least he had the decency to put it up for all of us to use later. You know, leave it how you found it?— Kumsal Obuz (@kubarium) February 10, 2023
Multiple comments showed surprise at the fact that these mailboxes aren't secured to the sidewalk.
Very good point. Least secured in some way. Hmm very interesting— Paul.F (@PaulFreitas33) February 10, 2023
The city is in the grips of an apparent mental health crisis, and some commenters suggested that this brazen theft could just be another case of a person in distress.
Mental illness ignored is killing people. Look at the reality this person is living in.!!!!!Horrible— MG (@MGR42925887) February 10, 2023
It goes without saying that stealing mail is an offence under Canada's Criminal Code, something that appears to have been low on the list of concerns for the man shown in the video
The check is in the mail. Lol— Mary (@mary_mcew) February 10, 2023
So if you're expecting something important, like perhaps a cheque from a tenant, maybe you should take their word this time when they tell you it's in the mail.
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