Toronto man arrested after intentionally damaging TTC track switches

Feb 5 2018, 11:44 pm

Toronto police have arrested a man following Friday’s TTC investigation.

On the morning of February 2, service on Line 2 was suspended due to a police investigation.

At the time, TTC staff identified signal issues in the area of Royal York Station. It was determined that the issues were the result of a deliberate act of vandalism to TTC equipment.

According to police, on Friday, February 2, 22 Division officers were called to Royal York subway station for a damage to property call.

They said that a man entered the tunnel and intentionally damaged 10 TTC track switches, which resulted in the closure of the station for several hours. The man was arrested several hours later, in possession of tools used to damage the track switches.

Police also say that on Sunday, January 7, 2018, the same man was in The East Mall and The Queensway area when he entered a fenced area that contained an airport beacon, and cut the power cables, disabling the beacon.

Pawel Grodkowski, 48, of Toronto, has been arrested and has been charged with ten counts of Mischief Interfere with Lawful Enjoyment of Property, Mischief Endanger Life, two counts of Possession of Break-In Instruments, two counts of Fail to Comply Recognizance, and Break-and-Enter with Intent.

He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Saturday, February 3.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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