Toys the Salvation Army recently said were stolen from one of their Toronto warehouses over the past 2 years have been recovered. Police discovered the toys in a Brampton warehouse and while they haven't said as much, it appears to be an inside job.
“We commend the Toronto Police Service for what appears to be timely progress in its investigation and wish it continued success,” Major John Murray of the Salvation Army said in a statement to the press. “Further, we very much appreciate the response of individuals and companies that have stepped forward with donations at our time of need.”
The police haven't said who took the over 100,000 toys, baby cribs, strollers and other donated items intended for needy families, nor detailed how they found them. However, early last week, before the toys were recovered, the Salvation Army fired David Rennie, their Railside Drive warehouse director. The Railside Drive warehouse is where the toys had gone missing.
Police are itemizing the haul, which they said took three tractor trailers to move. In total some $2 million worth of toys were missing and it's unclear if all of it was recovered. Toronto police Const. Tony Vella said that '...one-hundred and forty-six skids of stolen property were recovered" from the Brampton warehouse.
Salvation Army: Donations are "sacred"
Major Murray told media that someone in their organization had alerted their head office in the city back in August that there were missing toys and they began an internal audit. Upon hearing the charity was a victim of theft, organizations and individuals stepped up to donate toys and money so there would not be a shortage at Christmas. Spinmaster Toys and Hasbro Canada both made sizable donations. The Salvation Army said this is the only warehouse where toys had gone missing and that they treat each donation as "sacred."
The police said they will be issuing more information on Monday but to date have declined to say whether Mr. Rennie is a person of interest in the case. Once the police are finished with the toys they will be returned to the Salvation Army.