Saturday, December 29, 2007

Streetcar doored by would-be thief - Toronto Star

Streetcar doored by would-be thief
December 29, 2007

A thief carrying a box of stolen goods attempted escape using a taxi, but was foiled when he opened the door into an oncoming TTC streetcar, police say.

Not only was the suspect arrested for theft, but he was also ticketed for opening a door into traffic, said Sgt. Ralph Brookes.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. Saturday, near Dundas St. and Dovercourt Rd., when the suspect stole a box from a commercial truck making morning deliveries and then ran for the cab, throwing the box in the vehicle’s trunk.

The streetcar damaged the cab’s door, ending any chance of escape for the hapless thief.

“One of the issues we have in this city is when people open doors into traffic,” Brookes said, adding, “Streetcars can’t swerve.” Police didn’t know what was in the box.

No major injuries were reported in the accident.

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