Thieves take about 100 toys from NC Toys for Tots location

WFMY photo of the truck used in the theft.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) — Greensboro Police are looking for suspects involved in a theft from a children’s toy drive.

Surveillance video shows a truck pull up to a loading area for Toys for Tots in Greensboro early Sunday morning. The thieves took about 100 toys, worth about $1,200.

Most of the toys were intended to go to families of students at Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point.

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“I can’t understand,” says Donna Whiteman, the school’s PTA President. “Why would you take from children?”

Whiteman has helped coordinate the toy drive at the school for the past four years. She says this year toys were supposed to go to 172 families of Oak Hill Students.

“I could only fathom if they had children of their own. Would they want somebody to take their children’s stuff?” Whiteman asked.

But such disheartening news has turned into a heartwarming gesture. Since the break-in, Whiteman says Toys for Tots has received numerous calls from people wanting to help.

There was even a donor who offered to replace all the toys that were meant for Oak Hill.

“It’s sad but then your faith is restored in humanity in the sense of the generosity of others,” Whiteman explains.

Police are trying to figure out who took the toys. The pick-up truck the suspects were driving had a large dent on the right side.

Toys for Tots is a non-profit organization through the Marine Foundation.

Sgt. James Copeland says the Greensboro chapter has received more toys this year than they ever have before. So far their tally for the 2017 season is 5,198 for 1,321 kids.

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