A bizarre twist in the dispute between local bylaw officers and downtown business owners has London Police getting involved.
Sandwich boards that had been confiscated by bylaw officers earlier this month were returned to downtown businesses over the weekend after someone broke into a city compound holding the signs and took off with them.
“We confirmed this morning that the confiscated signs which were stored in a fenced city compound have been removed without our permission,” Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer Orest Katolyk tells AM980.
Katolyk says he cannot comment on how many signs were taken or whereabouts the compound they had been stolen from is located.
While business owners had said a city policy change wasn’t communicated well enough and taking the signs was bad for business, Katolyk again stressed that the city conducted an education campaign in the spring.
“There comes a time that there’s an expectation that there is some kind of enforcement for non-compliance. Interestingly, we have received apologies from some business owners who came across quite angry initially but then understood that had they submitted their insurance then their signs would have stayed.”
London Police have confirmed to AM980 they are investigating, and Katolyk says the City of London’s Corporate Security Office has also been contacted.