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Lawyer left to crack motorbike theft alone

When Ehsan Ghebrai’s bright orange 2004 Kawasaki Ninja was stolen last week from the underground parking garage of his downtown condominium, the 28-year-old defence lawyer called Toronto police.

When Ehsan Ghebrai’s bright orange 2004 Kawasaki Ninja was stolen last week from the underground parking garage of his downtown condominium, the 28-year-old defence lawyer called Toronto police.

“It was my baby,” he said of the motorcycle he bought for $7,000.

He called 52 Division. A police officer, Ghebrai said, told him they didn’t have the resources to send an investigator but that he should ask for surveillance footage.

The officer also suggested that Ghebrai talk to the last owner — maybe he knew something — and to take a walk around the neighbourhood to see if the thief dumped it nearby.

Building security officers, meanwhile, told Ghebrai they only release security camera footage to police. He provided them with an occurrence number given to him by the 52 Division officer and that is the last he heard.

Insp. Howie Page of 52 Division was surprised to hear about what Ghebrai told the Toronto Star.

While police try to dispatch officers to investigate the theft of big-ticket items, it isn’t always possible but there should be a detective assigned to the case, he said, adding he will look into it.

The TPS has a policy of sending an officer to every reported break-and-enter, Page added.

 
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