Police arrest 3 ‘rooftoppers’ at downtown high-rise
TORONTO – Toronto Police are charging three people with break and enter and mischief after they found the “rooftoppers” taking photos from the observation deck of a downtown Toronto highrise.
The three men were first stopped by building security after they were found taking photos at 18 Wellington Street West, then arrested.
Police say the three were in an area that was off-limits to the public and allege the three photographers forced their way in to the area.
18 Wellington Street West is part of commerce court in the financial district near the corner of Wellington Street and Yonge Street.
Thirty-four-year-old Jaswinder Brar and 27-year-old Eric Do are both charged with one count each of break and enter, mischief under $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments. Tomer Ryaboi, 34, is charged with break and enter and mischief.
The three men are scheduled to appear in court on March 16.
“Rooftopping” is an increasingly popular form of photography involving climbing to the tops of highrises to take vertiginous photo or video.
Dozens of YouTube videos feature Toronto highrises, sometimes showing people climbing buildings, walking across roofs and, in one, walking on the edge of a building and climbing its antenna.