Stolen arsenic prompts public safety alert

Police seek assistance finding potentially dangerous rock

Public safety alert issued.
Arsenic exposure is possible if the mineral is incorrectly handled. Toronto Police

Toronto Police issued a public safety alert on Monday regarding a stolen rock containing arsenic.

Police say the mineral was stolen on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., near Yonge and Grosvenor Sts., and are asking the public’s assistance in finding it.

The heart-shaped rock is 3 inches by 4 inches with a protective coating.

“If handled incorrectly, the coating could break, exposing the arsenic,” police said. “This arsenic is a potent poison and could be harmful or fatal if ingested, especially to children.”

Police did not provide details on how the rock was stolen.

Contact police

Anyone with information can contact police at 416-808-5200 or Crime Stoppers 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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Copy editor: Daniel McKenzie
Posted: Oct 17 2016 8:24 am
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