Three Toronto men have been charged after police said they broke into the observation deck of a downtown highrise to take photos of themselves.

Police allege the men broke the lock to gain access to the rooftop observation deck of a building at 18 Wellington St. W. at about 5 p.m. on Monday.

Det. Ryan Vannest says the three men face eight charges related to what he called "roof-topping" — the practice of taking photographs from the roof of a building, particularly one accessed illegally, whether for profit or fun.

Jaswinder Brar, 34, Eric Do, 27, and 34-year-old Tomer Ryaboi all face break and enter and mischief charges. Do and Brar also face a charge each of possession of break-in instruments.

All three are scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on March 16.

Vannest says "roof-topping" poses danger to the individuals involved and to the public.

"That's mainly the reason they are being prosecuted — because if they do fall, who are they going to fall on?" he said.