Toronto police released photos of a group of six people who may have been involved in the vandalism of a war memorial outside a Toronto school in August.

At 4 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, a group of people were involved in the theft of the sword from the statue near Gerrard Street East and Main Street.

Police said a man climbed up the sculpture, removed the sword and posed for photos, then left the area with the sword.

The statue built in 1922 honours students who died in the First World War, but it has long been a target of vandalism.

In 2011, the statue was vandalized right before Remembrance Day, so the community rallied to fix it and purchase security cameras for the area to keep it from happening again.

On Monday, police identified six suspects, four male and two female, who were captured on a security camera at Malvern Collegiate Institute at the time of the incident.

It is also believed that the incident was captured on cellphone cameras.

The suspects are described as follows:

  • Suspect one is a brown male with black hair
  • Suspect two is a white male with a shaved head
  • Suspect three is a white male with dark, short hair
  • Suspect four is a white female with long, brown hair
  • Suspect five is a white male with dark brown hair
  • Suspect six is a white female with light blonde or light red hair

All six are between the ages of 18 and 20. Police do not believe they are students at the school.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave a tip on Facebook.