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Dozens of bins of toys stolen from Salvation Army found

A woman walks through the Salvation Army's Railside Road food and toy distribution centre in Toronto on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.


Hundreds more toys donated to the Salvation Army and then allegedly stolen have been recovered, and police are asking that any businesses that bought goods from the company at the centre of the alleged scam to get in touch.

On Thursday, 122 storage bins packed with toys were found at a warehouse on Lawrence Avenue West and Orfus Road. Their value was placed at $24,000.

In all, more than $2-million worth of toys and other donated goods went missing from, or never reached, the charity's main distribution warehouse in North York.

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The bulk of the missing items were discovered last week at two other warehouses, in Brampton and North York.

The former executive director of the Salvation Army's warehouse, David Rennie, and a second suspect, Umaish Ramrattan, were arrested and face multiple theft-related charges.

Both men have been released on their own recognizance and are to appear in court Jan. 4.

Mr. Rennie had been under suspension since September, when a whistleblower with the charity alerted the organization to a possible problem.

An audit was ordered and he was fired by the Salvation Army last week.

Mr. Ramrattan is an associate of the company Northern Sales Group, which had leased one of the warehouses where many of the toys were discovered.

On Thursday, police urged anyone who has had dealings with the firm to contact them.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−3300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), or online at .

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