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Teen accused of threatening to damage Scarborough home

07/05/2012 01:48 EDT | Updated 09/04/2012 05:12 EDT
Toronto police say they have arrested a teenager who allegedly threatened to damage a Friendship Avenue home, which had previously been egged, had a Molotov cocktail thrown at it and had a car that was parked in its driveway vandalized.

Police say a 17-year-old male made a threat to damage the home on Monday evening.

That teenager has been charged with threatening property damage and is due to appear in court on Aug. 30.

However, police say that the same house has been damaged on other occasions between May 2012 and now. Those incidents remain under investigation.

The owner of the house, Mike Greer, recently told CBC News that the trouble began when he and his wife approached some teenagers who were persistently smoking marijuana on the edge of their property, which is located near West Rouge Junior Public School.

"One day we decided to go out there and say, 'Guys, can you take this somewhere else?'" he said.

After that confrontation, Greer said that his house was repeatedly targeted. On various occasions, assailants scratched his car, slashed its tires and his home was egged several times and even had a Molotov cocktail thrown at it last Sunday.

Greer contacted the Toronto District School Board and the police about the ongoing problem, but was told that nothing could be done unless he caught somebody doing something.

He then installed a security camera at his home, which subsequently captured video of eggs being thrown at the building.

Prior to the arrest being announced on Thursday, Greer had said he planned to meet with his city councillor, Ron Moeser, as well as police and school board officials on Friday.

"We can't live like this," he said. "Nobody should have to live like this.

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