Ottawa – In early December, 2017, an investigation was commenced by West Criminal Investigations in relation to complaints of donation bins being stolen in the West end.
Investigators found that donation bins from legitimate charities had been stolen and rebranded for use by another company not affiliated to those charities.
A 35 year old male was charged in January 2018 with Mischief and Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000.
In light of these incidents, the Ottawa Police urges residents to research the company/name of any donation bin they are putting clothing or other articles into; and to look for not-for-profit charities they recognize.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police’s West Criminal Investigations Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2266. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.