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Police return stolen toys to Salvation Army

Maj. John Murray, spokesman for the Salvation Army, speaks about 100,000 toys that were stolen from the charity's east Toronto warehouse.

Credits: SHAWN JEFFORDS/Toronto Sun/QMI AGENCY

MARYAM SHAH | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO -- Police returned the 3,843 stolen toys they had seized from the Salvation Army last week to the charity Thursday and Friday.

Two days of unloading and counting storage bins in five trailers full of stolen goods -- including toys, food, bedding, and strollers -- left Det. Robert Strain exhausted yet satisfied.

“Putting toys in the hands of children is really what’s been driving our investigation so far,” Strain said.

“We’re really proud to unload this trailer here, we know that as of yesterday and today, the Salvation Army is redistributing the stolen donation items back out through their donation chain.”

The investigation follows the firing of a Salvation Army executive director -- David Rennie, 51 -- after an internal audit showed items missing over two years.

Rennie was arrested and charged with theft over $5,000 in late November. Another man, Umaish

Ramrattan, 61, of Ajax was also arrested and faces similar charges.

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