|A window cleaner in the Inglewood Drive and St. Clair Avenue East area spotted a green bag in the back of his truck, opened it and found the wreath.|
It's a Christmas miracle: Stolen wreath found by Toronto window cleaner: Remember this Christmas wreath, the victim of a brazen theft earlier this month? The wreath was stolen 20 days before Christmas, from a home in the Yonge Street and Summerhill Avenue area. This is “the Grinch that stole the wreath off my door at 3 a.m.,” Sabrina Magyar posted on Facebook on Dec. 5. Well, the wreath has been found.
A window cleaner in the Inglewood Drive and St. Clair Avenue East area spotted a green bag in the back of his truck, opened it and found the wreath. He then gave it to a friend, thinking nothing if it, until he heard a radio interview on Monday where Magyar was describing it. He went home and told his family. His daughters looked up the video on the internet and they all agreed it’s the same wreath.
He then called his friend to get the wreath back and emailed CityNews. CityNews showed the wreath to Magyar and she confirmed the sparkles are in the right spots – it’s her wreath. The thief was a well-dressed woman, bundled up for the cold in a sleek, quilted coat and wearing a square messenger bag.
Magyar alleges the thief that took her wreath is a repeat offender. In a later post, she wrote that the woman can be seen leaving her property “and picking up a second wreath which is likely acquired from someone else in the neighbourhood.” “At the end of the day, it would be great for her to return it. It would be a Christmas miracle,” Magyar said. It appears that that miracle has come true.
|A woman is seen taking a $200 wreath off a door in this image taken from security camera video in Toronto, Dec. 5, 2015. (Sabrina Magyar).|
Stranger returns Christmas wreath stolen by 'Grinch' - A Christmas wreath has been returned a week after a Toronto homeowner posted security camera footage of the theft online. Sabrina Magyar posted video of the theft on Saturday, Dec. 5, saying the woman in the video stole her wreath at approximately 3 a.m. The wreath was reported stolen from a home on Macpherson Avenue, in the area of Avenue Road and Dupont Street. The video went viral, being shared more than 5,000 times, and viewed nearly 320,000 times.
Police are still investigating, but Magyar told CTVNews on Tuesday that the wreath had been returned. She said a window cleaner found a bag in the back of his truck, and opened it to find the wreath. Magyar said he'd heard her story on the radio, and suspected it was her wreath. The wreath was returned to her home on Tuesday. "It's hard to believe, but I guess it was a Christmas miracle," she said.