Toronto police charge business owner after allegedly unsafe Tandoori ovens sold

News Nov 27, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Anyone who purchased a Tandoori oven or a stock-pot burner from Kitchen Queen appliance stores on Danforth Avenue, Gerrard Street East or Markham Road is urged to immediately stop using the equipment and contact their fuel distributor, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and Toronto Police Service (TPS).

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, officers from 55 and 54 divisions and the police’s Transit Unit executed a search warrant at the Kitchen Queen store at 3001 Markham Rd. The search was in partnership with representatives from TSSA, the provincial body responsible for the safety inspection of fuels, pressure vessels and boilers, upholstered and stuffed articles and elevating and amusement devices, and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Police report a 57-year-old man imported a number of large gas model clay ovens from India for resale.

The accused allegedly approached the CSA to receive a safety inspection certificate for an oven but it was found to be unsafe and non-compliant with Canadian standards and the certificate was refused.

The accused then allegedly reproduced fake safety certificates and proceeded to sell uncertified ovens across the GTA. He also reportedly provided installation services without a license.

The accused, who owns the Kitchen Queen (also known as Kitchen Queen Superstore) stores at 3001 Markham Rd. and 1415 Gerrard St. E., has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime and passing off wares. He has a Jan. 5 court date.

Members of 55 Division’s Financial Crimes Unit along with officers from 54 Division and the Transit Unit, who are presently involved in Project Borderline, which aims to prevent crime, apprehend criminals, identify problematic premises, change the perception that the area is unsafe, and improve public confidence in the police and the quality of life for residents, also recently executed a search warrant at the Kitchen Queen store on Danforth Avenue seizing three industrial size and 15 smaller ovens that are not authorized to be sold in North America as they’re considered a fire and explosion hazard.

Upon further investigation, authorities learned that 300 residential, small and large industrial gas model cooking ovens allegedly affixed with counterfeit CSA-approved certificates have been sold to unsuspecting restaurateurs, catering business owners and residents across Canada in the past year.

The ovens, which were purchased partially assembled from India, finished in Canada, and allegedly unsafely installed, have the potential to cause fires and/or explosions that could lead to serious bodily harm and even death to their owners, their employees, customers and family members, police said.

“Basically you have a constant flow of natural gas into these appliances without any safety features, so if a fire starts it could become an uncontrollable fire or a possible explosion,” alleged lead investigator Det. Rob Whalen of 55 Division’s Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Toronto police held a press conference Friday, Nov. 27, morning at their headquarters to update the public on their investigation and to get the word out about the appliances.

“None of these restaurants or people that are buying them are aware (the accused) is selling their things at what appears to be the normal price so our restaurants are our victims,” said Whalen, who also pointed to a related investigation involving a large amount of improperly stored fireworks.

“We’re hoping word of mouth through the restaurant industry will get tips in regards to where we can go to recover these ovens. Our main thing is getting these ovens out of businesses.”

At this point, four of the unsafe ovens have been located in restaurants and disconnected safely.

It only takes a couple of hours to remove an unsafe oven from a restaurant and replace it with a new, approved one, noted Whalen, who is also the TPS’ counterfeit expert.

As of Thursday, Nov. 26, 100 of the 300 unsafe ovens have been recovered. Authorities are going through seized documents to locate the remaining 200 appliances.

As a result of their investigation, police have posted a number of safety tips on their web page at www.torontopolice.on.ca. They’ve also set up a dedicated email at frauds@torontopolice.on.ca and telephone number 416-808-7298 to report any information.

Further, TPS has notified all emergency service personnel as well as natural gas service providers across Canada about a potential increase in calls for service.

A number of safety agencies including the TSSA, CSA Group, Toronto Fire Services, and the Electrical Safety Authority are currently conducting concurrent investigations.

Enbridge Gas can be reached at 1-866-763-5427, Union Gas can be reached at 1-877-969-0999 and the Technical Safety Standards Association can be reached at 1-877-682-8772.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-7100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Tips can also be left on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPolice. There’s also a free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Toronto police charge business owner after allegedly unsafe Tandoori ovens sold

Approximately 300 ovens with fake safety certificates sold, police allege

News Nov 27, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Anyone who purchased a Tandoori oven or a stock-pot burner from Kitchen Queen appliance stores on Danforth Avenue, Gerrard Street East or Markham Road is urged to immediately stop using the equipment and contact their fuel distributor, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and Toronto Police Service (TPS).

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, officers from 55 and 54 divisions and the police’s Transit Unit executed a search warrant at the Kitchen Queen store at 3001 Markham Rd. The search was in partnership with representatives from TSSA, the provincial body responsible for the safety inspection of fuels, pressure vessels and boilers, upholstered and stuffed articles and elevating and amusement devices, and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Police report a 57-year-old man imported a number of large gas model clay ovens from India for resale.

The accused allegedly approached the CSA to receive a safety inspection certificate for an oven but it was found to be unsafe and non-compliant with Canadian standards and the certificate was refused.

The accused then allegedly reproduced fake safety certificates and proceeded to sell uncertified ovens across the GTA. He also reportedly provided installation services without a license.

The accused, who owns the Kitchen Queen (also known as Kitchen Queen Superstore) stores at 3001 Markham Rd. and 1415 Gerrard St. E., has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime and passing off wares. He has a Jan. 5 court date.

Members of 55 Division’s Financial Crimes Unit along with officers from 54 Division and the Transit Unit, who are presently involved in Project Borderline, which aims to prevent crime, apprehend criminals, identify problematic premises, change the perception that the area is unsafe, and improve public confidence in the police and the quality of life for residents, also recently executed a search warrant at the Kitchen Queen store on Danforth Avenue seizing three industrial size and 15 smaller ovens that are not authorized to be sold in North America as they’re considered a fire and explosion hazard.

Upon further investigation, authorities learned that 300 residential, small and large industrial gas model cooking ovens allegedly affixed with counterfeit CSA-approved certificates have been sold to unsuspecting restaurateurs, catering business owners and residents across Canada in the past year.

The ovens, which were purchased partially assembled from India, finished in Canada, and allegedly unsafely installed, have the potential to cause fires and/or explosions that could lead to serious bodily harm and even death to their owners, their employees, customers and family members, police said.

“Basically you have a constant flow of natural gas into these appliances without any safety features, so if a fire starts it could become an uncontrollable fire or a possible explosion,” alleged lead investigator Det. Rob Whalen of 55 Division’s Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Toronto police held a press conference Friday, Nov. 27, morning at their headquarters to update the public on their investigation and to get the word out about the appliances.

“None of these restaurants or people that are buying them are aware (the accused) is selling their things at what appears to be the normal price so our restaurants are our victims,” said Whalen, who also pointed to a related investigation involving a large amount of improperly stored fireworks.

“We’re hoping word of mouth through the restaurant industry will get tips in regards to where we can go to recover these ovens. Our main thing is getting these ovens out of businesses.”

At this point, four of the unsafe ovens have been located in restaurants and disconnected safely.

It only takes a couple of hours to remove an unsafe oven from a restaurant and replace it with a new, approved one, noted Whalen, who is also the TPS’ counterfeit expert.

As of Thursday, Nov. 26, 100 of the 300 unsafe ovens have been recovered. Authorities are going through seized documents to locate the remaining 200 appliances.

As a result of their investigation, police have posted a number of safety tips on their web page at www.torontopolice.on.ca. They’ve also set up a dedicated email at frauds@torontopolice.on.ca and telephone number 416-808-7298 to report any information.

Further, TPS has notified all emergency service personnel as well as natural gas service providers across Canada about a potential increase in calls for service.

A number of safety agencies including the TSSA, CSA Group, Toronto Fire Services, and the Electrical Safety Authority are currently conducting concurrent investigations.

Enbridge Gas can be reached at 1-866-763-5427, Union Gas can be reached at 1-877-969-0999 and the Technical Safety Standards Association can be reached at 1-877-682-8772.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-7100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Tips can also be left on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPolice. There’s also a free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Toronto police charge business owner after allegedly unsafe Tandoori ovens sold

Approximately 300 ovens with fake safety certificates sold, police allege

News Nov 27, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Anyone who purchased a Tandoori oven or a stock-pot burner from Kitchen Queen appliance stores on Danforth Avenue, Gerrard Street East or Markham Road is urged to immediately stop using the equipment and contact their fuel distributor, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and Toronto Police Service (TPS).

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, officers from 55 and 54 divisions and the police’s Transit Unit executed a search warrant at the Kitchen Queen store at 3001 Markham Rd. The search was in partnership with representatives from TSSA, the provincial body responsible for the safety inspection of fuels, pressure vessels and boilers, upholstered and stuffed articles and elevating and amusement devices, and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Police report a 57-year-old man imported a number of large gas model clay ovens from India for resale.

The accused allegedly approached the CSA to receive a safety inspection certificate for an oven but it was found to be unsafe and non-compliant with Canadian standards and the certificate was refused.

The accused then allegedly reproduced fake safety certificates and proceeded to sell uncertified ovens across the GTA. He also reportedly provided installation services without a license.

The accused, who owns the Kitchen Queen (also known as Kitchen Queen Superstore) stores at 3001 Markham Rd. and 1415 Gerrard St. E., has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime and passing off wares. He has a Jan. 5 court date.

Members of 55 Division’s Financial Crimes Unit along with officers from 54 Division and the Transit Unit, who are presently involved in Project Borderline, which aims to prevent crime, apprehend criminals, identify problematic premises, change the perception that the area is unsafe, and improve public confidence in the police and the quality of life for residents, also recently executed a search warrant at the Kitchen Queen store on Danforth Avenue seizing three industrial size and 15 smaller ovens that are not authorized to be sold in North America as they’re considered a fire and explosion hazard.

Upon further investigation, authorities learned that 300 residential, small and large industrial gas model cooking ovens allegedly affixed with counterfeit CSA-approved certificates have been sold to unsuspecting restaurateurs, catering business owners and residents across Canada in the past year.

The ovens, which were purchased partially assembled from India, finished in Canada, and allegedly unsafely installed, have the potential to cause fires and/or explosions that could lead to serious bodily harm and even death to their owners, their employees, customers and family members, police said.

“Basically you have a constant flow of natural gas into these appliances without any safety features, so if a fire starts it could become an uncontrollable fire or a possible explosion,” alleged lead investigator Det. Rob Whalen of 55 Division’s Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Toronto police held a press conference Friday, Nov. 27, morning at their headquarters to update the public on their investigation and to get the word out about the appliances.

“None of these restaurants or people that are buying them are aware (the accused) is selling their things at what appears to be the normal price so our restaurants are our victims,” said Whalen, who also pointed to a related investigation involving a large amount of improperly stored fireworks.

“We’re hoping word of mouth through the restaurant industry will get tips in regards to where we can go to recover these ovens. Our main thing is getting these ovens out of businesses.”

At this point, four of the unsafe ovens have been located in restaurants and disconnected safely.

It only takes a couple of hours to remove an unsafe oven from a restaurant and replace it with a new, approved one, noted Whalen, who is also the TPS’ counterfeit expert.

As of Thursday, Nov. 26, 100 of the 300 unsafe ovens have been recovered. Authorities are going through seized documents to locate the remaining 200 appliances.

As a result of their investigation, police have posted a number of safety tips on their web page at www.torontopolice.on.ca. They’ve also set up a dedicated email at frauds@torontopolice.on.ca and telephone number 416-808-7298 to report any information.

Further, TPS has notified all emergency service personnel as well as natural gas service providers across Canada about a potential increase in calls for service.

A number of safety agencies including the TSSA, CSA Group, Toronto Fire Services, and the Electrical Safety Authority are currently conducting concurrent investigations.

Enbridge Gas can be reached at 1-866-763-5427, Union Gas can be reached at 1-877-969-0999 and the Technical Safety Standards Association can be reached at 1-877-682-8772.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-7100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Tips can also be left on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPolice. There’s also a free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.