Jun 06, 2017

A volunteer stole thousands of dollars in donations from the Autism Speaks Canada walk. Organizers are asking the public help police recover the stolen funds that were raised to improve the lives of individuals and families who are impacted by autism.

The unidentified female suspect was working a charity event at Bell Sensplex handling donations. The suspect accepted the donated money and then left with approximately $4000 in donations.

The area had surveillance cameras and supervisors on site, but the suspect gave false information on her volunteer profile. According to Carrie Habert, a Director at Autism Speaks Canada, this unfortunate situation has caused the organization to review its protocols for screening volunteers, particularly those who have access to the donations. In future, she says, "we may have to require government-issued ID for our many volunteers."

This is a photo of the suspect:

The following information is from the Crime Stoppers web site: If you know the identity of the individual call The Ottawa Police West Criminal Investigations Unit Det.R.McIntosh (613) 236-1222 Ext 2643 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Remember Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, we will not ask your name or record your call and you are not required to testify in court. If your information leads to their identity, you could qualify for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Donations to Autism Speaks Canada can be made on the organization's Facebook page: