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Salvation Army gets back stolen toys, other items

Some of the recovered toys that were stolen from the Toronto Salvation Army over a two-year period are being returned to the charity, police say.

Two trailers’ worth of stolen items, including bedding, food and infant strollers, were given back to the Sally Ann on Thursday. Police say more recovered items will be returned on Friday with the remainder by Monday.

The toys were returned after the Crown Attorney’s Office consented to a police request to return the items so the Sally Ann can distribute them to needy families.

The Salvation Army said that David Rennie, the executive director of its Railside Road warehouse, was fired last month after an internal audit — prompted by a whistle-blower in August — revealed $2 million worth of toys as well as food and other donated products were taken over a 24-month period from that east-end warehouse.

Rennie surrendered to police on Nov. 26 and was charged with numerous offences, including theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property.

Another man, Umaish Ramrattan, 61, of Ajax, was arrested and charged with offences related to the toy thefts on Nov. 29.