Donated toys were reported stolen from the Salvation Army in Victoria on Dec. 11. (Black Press file photo)

10 bags of donated Christmas toys stolen from Salvation Army

Victoria location reported theft to VicPD on Dec. 11

VicPD say they are looking for information about a “Grinch” in Victoria.

Just weeks before Christmas, the Salvation Army in the 2600-block of Quadra Street discovered a truck they parked was empty. There had been 10 bags of donated toys for children in need, now missing since Dec. 11.

“We are very saddened and disappointed by what’s happened,” Patricia Mamic, the public and government affairs director for the Victoria Salvation Army, said. “This is an example of what can happen when people are desperate and have a lack of options. We’re also disappointed that the toys donated to go to children may not be going to those children.”

READ MORE: Salvation Army jingles all the way for Christmas donations

The Salvation Army had received a total of 40 bags of donated toys for their annual drive at the Stan Hagen Centre for Families. The 10 stolen bags made up a quarter of the gifts in their toy shop.

“We still do have toys that we’re handing out. We will make sure everyone who comes through our doors does not leave empty-handed, but we’re not sure we’ll be able to reach our goal for the amount of toys we were hoping to give,” Mamic said.

Anyone interested in donating toys can drop them off at the Quadra and Hillside location in Victoria. Mamic said cash donations and gift cards are also welcome, especially since gift certificates are popular presents for youth and teens who are harder to shop for.

VicPD asks anyone with information about the theft to call 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers.

READ and WATCH MORE: 6,000 lbs. of potatoes donated to charity


@KeiliBartlett
keili.bartlett@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VicPD volunteers check more than 16,000 vehicles in effort to stop thefts

Police report increase in theft from vehicle reports in last six months

Baby raccoon euthanized after having rat trap stuck to its paw for a week

Wild ARC encourages humane options, practices for pest control

Esquimalt council approves building, dog areas for Gorge Park

$7 million in funding for waterfront improvements goes to multipurpose building and dog park

Plant-based pizza restaurant to open its doors in Victoria this December

Virtuous Pie has locations in Vancouver, Toronto and Portland

PHOTOS: Trangender flag raised for first time ever outside of B.C. Legislature

Nov. 20 marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, honouring those who have been murdered

B.C. politicians view supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite and New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert appear in the documentary

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

Four arrested after report of shots fired in Nanaimo

RCMP arrest four suspects in high-risk takedown in Cedar

South Cariboo Driver hits four cows due to fog

The RCMP’s investigation is ongoing

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

Most Read