Toys stolen from Marine Toys for Tots drive
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Several toys were stolen from the Winston-Salem detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive over the weekend.
Nearly a dozen iPods, several watches, some games and a laptop computer were stolen from a distribution center used by the Marine Corps League’s Percey John Fulton detachment in Winston-Salem.
The drive is set to help more than 2,000 children in Forsyth, Stokes and Yadkin counties. Sandoval and his fellow Marines have spent the past several weeks collecting and sorting the donations.
Besides the stolen items, a radio was broken and toys were thrown everywhere, said Louie Sandoval, Toys for Tots site coordinator.
“It’s disgusting for someone to come in and do something like that. They know that Toys for Tots is a charitable organization trying to look after the children that don’t have what other kids have,” Sandoval said.
Sandoval made the discovery at the Country Club Road warehouse on Sunday morning.
“As I came back here, the door was wide open,” Sandoval said.
The pried back door broke the inside locks and allowed the thieves to get entry, Sandoval said. Once inside, the thieves knew exactly what they were looking for, Sandoval said.
Winston-Salem Police are investigating. However, finding the stolen goods will be tough since most of it was new and could be resold quickly, investigators said.
If someone needed help for the holidays, all they had to do was ask, Sandoval said.
“If they would have come in, I would have no problem. Fill this form out, and there you go,” Sandoval said.
The stolen items were specifically for teens who often get left out as most donations are for younger kids. Sandoval said he is still trying to figure out what he will give the teens.
Distribution runs through Friday.