Top Toronto cops are using facial recognition technology to help identify “hundreds” of thugs who smashed windows and burned police cruisers during the G20 summit.

Detectives are seeking information, photographs or video to help identify and prosecute vandals who torched three cop cars and caused other damage.

Police displayed photographs on Wednesday of five suspects who allegedly torched a scout car on June 26, at Queen St. and Spadina Ave.

The cruiser was one of four cop cars set ablaze by protesters.

Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux, of a newly-formed G20 investigative team, alleged one suspect had stolen a police cap and gas mask. Another suspect allegedly jumped on a burning cruiser and a third is sought for mischef.

“These are a sample of the hundreds of people we are trying to identify,”

Giroux said. “Once these people have been identified they will be arrested and prosecuted.”

He said the force will use facial recognition technology from the banking industry to catch G20 vandals.

The cutting-edge technology, which is used in Ontario casinos, compares a person’s facial features to those stored in a Toronto Police, or other, database.

“The technology will help us establish identity in some cases,” Giroux said.

“It will help us search through our existing database for suspects.”

He said images from cameras located at downtown stores and businesses are being collected and assessed by detectives, who are also going through

Facebook and other social websites for clues.

“People are being identified on an hourly basis as those responsible for some of the damage to this city,” Giroux said. “There are hundreds of people who have to be identified and interviewed.”

He said Canada Border Services Agency has offered police the use of a database of passport photos to help identify suspects.

Police reported more than 1,100 arrests during the summit. Less than 15 people remain in custody.