Salvation Army says $2 million in toys, donations stolen from Toronto warehouse

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Toronto — The Salvation Army says more than $2 million in toys and donations has been stolen from its north Toronto warehouse over two years.

The organization says the toys were taken from its Railside Road facility, along with food and other donations.

It says the issue came to light after a whistleblower came forward in August, prompting an internal audit that led the charity to fire its executive director.

The Salvation Army has not publicly linked the firing to the alleged thefts.

More details are expected to be released today.

The news comes just days after an executive director at the Salvation Army in Ottawa was fired amid concerns over missing money.

The organization released a statement saying auditors discovered $250,000 has gone missing from its operating budget over several years.

Perry Rowe had been with the charity’s Booth Centre for eight years.

The Salvation Army is preparing to start its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign, where volunteers solicit donations in high-traffic areas like shopping malls and on the street.


Organizations: The Salvation Army

Geographic location: Toronto, Railside Road, Ottawa

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Recent comments

  • Curious
    November 22, 2012 - 07:45

    I agree with Marg. Don't they have any kind of inventory system at the warehouses for all these brand new toys, or especially at the offices any kind of bookkeeping system for all the numerous cash donations?. Why did it take so long to realize what was going on? One wouldn't expect inventory and food items being kept track of in Food Banks, but in the first two areas, definately yes. Obviously, cameras were not set up at the warehouse because you wouldn't miss someone going off with such huge bags of toys. This is very disheartening news.

  • Marg
    November 21, 2012 - 19:09

    This is terrible. However, I do not understand why it took so long, in both instances, to discover such a huge amount of toys and money missing.

  • MBC
    November 21, 2012 - 16:58


  • FR
    November 21, 2012 - 13:06

    Can't trust anybody nowadays.