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Homeless man robbed in downtown Red Deer

A Red Deer homeless man is pleading for the return of his belongings after they were stolen outside a downtown social services agency a couple of weeks ago.

Samuel Tologanak, who hasn’t had a permanent shelter since last April, was visiting with friends in the downtown core and left his shopping cart full of his possessions outside at Berachah Place at 4611 50th Ave. He had kept the cart there the previous night.

He had sprained his ankle and was staying at Winter Inn, located at Loaves and Fishes.

When he returned the next morning to retrieve his things, he found that someone had taken nearly all of his items from the cart. The only thing left was one sleeping bag and a sign.

The black and blue hiking backpack was gone, plus two sleeping bags, a pillow, clothing, new steel-toed boots, some important papers from the bank, and books.

“Why would anyone steal from a homeless person?” said Tologanak, 52. “That’s real low. C’mon people, have a heart.”

Tologanak didn’t think to bring his belongings to the Winter Inn because he had been with friends earlier that night.

He planned to stay at the Winter Inn again on Thursday night, but typically if he had all his things, he likes to stay outdoors.

“I’m an Inuit person and I like the cold,” he said.

Tologanak said he’d like his gear back because “It’s been my life.”

He said he is unable to work because he has a bad right shoulder. His ankle is in a plastic cast, which he expects to be taken off in a week. Right now, he’s got it covered with a tuque.

Otherwise, he wouldn’t mind second-hand or new donations of sleeping bags, winter gear and clothes. Anyone who wants to help can contact him through Berachah Place at 403-358-5437, Turning Point at 403-346-8858 or Winter Inn at 403-347-1844.



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