Police make second arrest in Salvation Army toy theft
Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:51AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:06AM EST
Toronto police have made a second arrest in their investigation into the disappearance of millions of dollars’ worth of toys from a Salvation Army warehouse in Toronto.
Last week the charitable organization said about 100,000 toys – valued at approximately $2 million -- had disappeared from its Railside Road warehouse over a two-year period.
Umaish Ramrattan, of Ajax, was arrested Wednesday night, Toronto Police has confirmed to CTV News.
Ramrattan, 61, was charged with the following offences:
- 10 counts of theft over $5,000
- 10 counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
- 7 counts of theft under $5,000
- 7 counts of possession property obtained by crime over $5,000
- Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000
- Criminal breach of trust
- Traffic in stolen goods under $5,000
- Conspiracy to commit indictable offence
After his arrest, Ramrattan was released on a promise to appear. He will next appear in court on Jan. 4, 2013.
Police said Thursday they have also seized 26 more skids of missing items after executing another warrant at the same Brampton warehouse that was the subject of an earlier raid.
Investigators have now recovered 172 skids of donations. The seized goods are being itemized by police, and will then be returned to the Salvation Army.
The first man arrested in the case, David Rennie, turned himself into police Monday. The former Salvation Army executive was charged with theft, possession and breach of trust.
A whistleblower first called attention to the missing toys in August, triggering the internal investigation that eventually led to Rennie’s dismissal earlier this month.