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Grinches steal Salvation Army donations worth millions

Published On: Nov 25 2012 05:46:59 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2012 06:05:05 PM CST
Salvation Army handing out supplies

Mike Segar / Reuters

TORONTO -

The Salvation Army, preparing to kick off its annual holiday kettle campaign for needy families, discovered millions in donations missing.

 

Officials said 100,000 toys and boxes of food worth an estimated $2 million were taken from a Salvation Army warehouse in Toronto.

 

Police said they recovered many of the stolen items Friday at a storage facility near Brampton, Ontario -- enough loot to fill up three tractor-trailers.

 

The Salvation Army said it suspected the thefts were an inside job, with the goods being moved gradually over a two-year timeframe.

 

Police said they were doing everything they can to find out who was responsible.

 

The investigation began in August based on a tip from a whistleblower. Soon afterwards, the Salvation Army fired the executive director of its Toronto warehouse.