A Kew Beach intersection guard asks the community for help locating a backpack that was stolen while working on Queen Street East

A Kew Beach intersection guard asks the community for help locating a backpack that was stolen while working on Queen Street East

“It contained much very valuable and personally important material,” Belyea said in a note sent to Beach Metro News today (Oct. 22). Along with his wallet, which contained cash and his ID, there was also a cellphone, laptop and some personal journals with very important information in his backpack, he said. Belyea has reported the incident to police, but at this time he appealing to the public to see if anyone has found the backpack and can return his personal items – most importantly the Mac laptop and the journals.

This Beach Metro News file photo shows Paul Belyea, the crossing guard at Queen Street East and Elmer Avenue. Paul Belyea, the well-known crossing guard who ensures that Kew Beach Junior Public School students cross Queen Street East safely, is seeking for the public’s assistance in recovering his backpack, which was taken while he was on the job yesterday (Oct. 21) afternoon. Around 4:05 p.m., his red and black Swiss Gear backpack was stolen from one of the school’s fence poles, where he had looped it.


  • The person who stole the backpack may have just taken cash from the wallet and then dumped it somewhere in the neighbourhood, so Belyea is asking residents to be on the lookout for it. “Maybe it landed in someone’s backyard or under a hedge. The personal effects and writings are the more important and deeper loss. Money is money, but the other stuff really hurts.”

  • “I am devastated by this loss and cannot comprehend how anyone would perpetrate such a crime while I am involved in community safety,” he said. Belyea was working his regular crossing at Elmer Avenue and Queen Street East.“I hold out hope that my personal effects can be returned,” he said. “I am calling on all Beachers to keep an eye out for that red and black Swiss Gear backpack.”

If anyone finds the backpack, they are advised to inform police in 55 Division at 416-808-5500. Did you enjoy this article? If so, you may consider becoming a Voluntary Subscriber to the Beach Metro Community News and help us continue providing the community with more local content such as this. For over 40 years, our staff have worked hard to be the eyes and ears in your community, inform you of upcoming events, and let you know what and who’s making a difference. We cover the big stories as well as the little things that often matter the most. CLICK HERE to support Beach Metro News.