Former Director of Salvation Army Charged With $2M Toy Heist

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The former Executive Director of Toronto Salvation Army has been taken in police custody and indicted with three different charges linking him to the theft of $2 million worth of toys from the organization. The Police department announced on Monday that David Rennie is being charged with theft, possession of property obtained by crime and criminal breach of trust.

This Friday an estimate of 100,000 stolen toys were exposed from a warehouse in Brampton, northwest of Toronto. Police is also raiding another warehouse on Saturday night in Toronto, where some additional toys of Salvation Army were confirmed to be discovered. The police department announced on Monday afternoon that these warehouses were controlled by Northern Sales Group. Another suspect connected to Northern Sales Group is being sought, police added.

Police described that three different tractor-trailers were used in the heist, for moving the stolen toys from the Salvation Army’s warehouses to another facility, where police is now taking inventory. The Salvation Army has stated that these toys were stolen over the time period of two years. Rennie surrendered to the police himself, he was taken in custody and charged after being officially questioned. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 4.

Police has announced that they will return all the stolen goods recovered from the heist back to the organization, after they have affirmatively noted them in the inventory. The Maj. of Salvation Army, John Murray, asserted that “we will do everything in our power to ensure that something like this never happens again.”

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  1. This is as unfortunate as weird. The very same person that was hired by the Salvation Army turned out to be a thief. What are the criteria used in the hiring process, especially for high ranking officers? Do employees-to-be undergo a back ground check? All this sounds weird. He worked as CEO, so he knew everything about the company. That’s right, but how could this be happening for two years? Dcomment_ID he have accomplices in the company? Sure that the investigations will uncover many surprises, just wait and see.

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