|David Rennie faces 51 charges from $2M theft|
Last week, I blogged about the $2 Million dollars in theft of toys and food initially donated to the Salvation Army by the well-intentioned people and corporations of Toronto. The theft was discovered after an internal audit and the Executive David Rennie was suspended back in September of this year.
Now, police have released to the media that Rennie faces 51 charges after the stolen items were found in warehouses in Brampton. When shipments came in, certain items would be put aside for strict control and redistribution without the permission of the Salvation Army.
Rennie currently faces the following charges:
10 counts of theft over $5,000
2 counts of possession of stolen good for the purpose of trafficking
17 counts of possession of property obtained by crime
7 counts of theft under $5,000
Criminal breach of trust
Traffic in stolen goods over $5,000
Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
Traffic in stole goods under $5,000
Rennie is to appear in court on January 4, 2013. He is believed to have been working with another employee who is presumed to have owned or currently own the other warehouse. Rennie has turned himself in at 33 Division.
Meanwhile, last week marks Salvation Army's relaunche of their Christmas Campaign. Commissioner Brian Peddle says, "We want to encourage all Canadians to dream of a world where everyone has access to life’s basic needs". Targetted to support those living in poverty, the Salvation Army is emphasizing that "no dream is too small".
David Rennie has not only taken from those who need the services of organizations such as the Salvation Army, but he and his accomplice has taken from those people who put aside their own wants and needs, and donated toys, food and other items out of generosity.
Their kindness was tainted by the greedy and selfless actions of those that hold high positions in a non-governmental social service provider.
As I mentioned before, I hope that this incident doesn't propel a string of selfless acts. I also hope that people won't be discouraged from helping out others. Despite the government cutting funding for social and community service providers, this is something we desperately need.
Be grateful that you have a warm place called home to retreat to... and a choice of what to eat for dinner tonight.