Salvation Army disheartened by theft of 100, 000 toys
The Salvation Army says no kids will wake up to an empty spot under their Christmas trees as a result of a huge internal theft at the charity.
100-thousand toys worth two-million dollars were stolen from the Salvation Army's North York warehouse over the last two years. Clothes, money and food were also taken, but there is no tally on those items yet.
Spokesman Major John Murray says it was a staffer who blew the whistle back in August.
That triggered an extra internal audit. The Salvation Army's executive director was sent on paid leave.
The police were called in and David Rennie was let go on Monday.
According to David Rennie's LinkedIn profile he started as Executive Director in February of 2010 and would have been at the facility for about two and a half years when the allegations were reported.
He shows up twice on the Sunshine List while working for the Salvation Army, making just over $100,000 in 2010 and about $111,000 dollars in 2011.
Efforts to reach Rennie were unsuccessful.
Murray calls the theft disheartening and says stealing from the Salvation Army is really stealing from the 1.8-million people they help across the country.
Murray appealed to Canadians who give routinely to the charity, not to lose confidence in their work.
He says the Sally Ann will recoup what they lost through insurance. A handful of businesses have also stepped up with big donations since the theft first made news.
Murray says they have taken steps to make their warehouse more secure and working with an outside firm to find ways to prevent future thefts.
Murray deferred to police on questions about how 100-thousand toys were taken out the camera-covered warehouse and where those toys ended up.
(With files from Russ Courtney)