Police have recovered a baby grand piano stolen earlier this month from the Toronto General Hospital, and identified a Toronto man as their suspect.
Toronto Police said the piano was recovered after one of the suspects sold it to a business in Peel Region.
Artem Stanislav Timofeyev, 27, of Toronto, is now wanted for theft, trafficking stolen goods, and fraud. But police said the investigation is ongoing and that other suspects likely remain at large.
Todd Milne, head of security at Toronto General, said Torontonians deserve some of the credit for the recovery of the piano.
“Bottom line here really is that the city has come together and they have spoken. You really don’t prey on the medical community and not expect outrage. A big thank-you to everyone involved in returning the piano with our volunteer program. Thank you for returning something so valuable to our program and our patients,” he said.
Earlier this week, Mr. Milne said he was shocked that volunteers did not notice the piano was missing for four days.
“I’ve been managing security since 1999, and have not experienced a theft as ballsy and as crazy as this one,” he said.
Mr. Milne said staff saw the suspects with the piano and when they asked them what they were doing, the three men replied they were taking it for tuning.
“If you don’t know anything about pianos, you don’t know that the tuners come to the piano,” he said.
Members of the Canadian Opera Company and other performers used the piano once a week to entertain participants in the Healing Journey program, an emotional support system for cancer patients and their families. The piano was donated to the volunteer program in 2006, and Mr. Milne said he believes it was new at the time.
Toronto Police said the piano is expected to be returned to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Officers are still searching for the suspects’ getaway vehicle, described as a white Ford Cargo-style van with a dark fender.
With a report from Cynthia McQueen