Man, 21, arrested after alleged vandalism of roof while claiming to make ‘inspection’

Toronto police have arrested a 21-year-old man after the roof of a Riverdale home was allegedly damaged in March by a man claiming to be roofer. The man was arrested on April 14.

A 21-year-old man has been charged after a police investigation into an incident of alleged damage done to the roof of a Riverdale home last month.

According to police,

According to police, a man went to a home in the Logan and Langley avenues area on Saturday, March 25, at 8:06 a.m. and said he was a roofer doing inspections. The man then allegedly climbed onto the roof and while he was there the homeowners heard loud banging, police said.

The man then came down from the roof and told the homeowner they had a hole in their roof and he could repair it at cost, police alleged. The man then left, and when the homeowners checked their roof they noticed the alleged damage that had been done to it.

In an April 8 news release, police shared a photo of a man they were looking for in connection with the incident. (Please see Beach Metro Community News story at

This morning (Saturday, April 15), police announced that they had arrested 21-year-old James O’Brien, of Toronto, on April 14.

He is charged with mischief/damage to property not exceeding $5,000. He was scheduled to appear in court on April 15.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police

in 55 Division at 416-808-5500, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 or online at

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