North York Mirror
Toronto police charged a second suspect Wednesday in the alleged theft of $2 million worth of toys and other items from the Salvation Army’s North York warehouse.
Umaish Ramrattan, 61, will appear in court on Jan. 4 at 1000 Finch Ave. W. at Dufferin Street.
He has been charged with 10 counts of theft over $5,000, 10 counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, seven counts of theft under $5,000, seven counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000, criminal breach of trust, trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000, trafficking in stolen goods under $5,000 and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
The former executive director of the warehouse and distribution centre at 150 Railside Rd., southeast of Lawrence Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway, will also appear in the same courthouse on Jan. 4.
David Rennie, 51, who was fired by the Salvation Army last week, was charged by police on Monday.
He has been charged with 10 counts of theft over $5,000, 17 counts of possession of property obtained by crime, seven counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000, criminal breach of trust, trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000, trafficking in stolen goods under $5,000 and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, police seized an additional 26 skids of toys, school supplies, cleaning products and food that had been allegedly donated to the Salvation Army from a commercial warehouse in Brampton.
That is in addition to 150 skids of toys, cribs, strollers, food and personal care items allegedly donated to the Salvation Army that investigators recovered last Friday.
Some of the property was found at Northern Sales Group near Weston Road and Steeles Avenue while other items were discovered in a cold storage warehouse in Brampton, police said.
A suspect allegedly controlled portions of shipments in the Salvation Army warehouse and re-directed some items through Northern Sales Group, which is a wholesale company, Det. Robert Strain said in a statement earlier this week.
About $2 million worth of goods, including 100,000 toys, were allegedly taken from the Railside warehouse over two years.
Salvation Army Maj. John Murray is pleased with the progress in the case.
“The Salvation Army wishes to thank and commend the Toronto Police Service for its co-operation and continuing dedication to investigating the alleged crimes committed against us,” he said in a statement Thursday.
The Salvation Army is continuing its efforts to help the less fortunate, Murray said.
“We are well on our way to helping to make this Christmas a special time for thousands of families, something which would not have been possible without the police and the generosity of many businesses and people in our communities,” he said.