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

ICBC, province urge residents to plan ahead for winter weather

Greater Victoria should gear up and have a plan in place

65-million-year-old triceratops makes its debut in Victoria

Dino Lab Inc. is excavating the fossilized remains of a 65-million-year-old dinosaur

Tillicum Centre evacuated after false alarm in Save-On-Foods

A fire alarm was mistakenly activated by falling food

Interest swirls in Oak Bay to ban gas-powered leaf blowers

‘Two-stroke engines are obosolete technology,’ says Coun. Tara Ney

Victoria residents face long holds for non-emergency police calls

Victoria police face challenges ‘on many fronts’ since switching to E-Comm call centre

VIDEO: ‘Climate emergency’ is Oxford’s 2019 Word of the Year

Other words on the shortlist included ‘extinction,’ ‘climate denial’ and ‘eco-anxiety’

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

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

Security guard at Kamloops music festival gets three years for sexually assaulting concertgoer

Shawn Christopher Gray walked the woman home after she became seperated from her friends, court heard

Cowichan Milk Company: from grass to glass, bottled milk right to your door

Farm stand open 6 days a week, and home delivery is available everywhere from Mill Bay to Chemainus.

Time to start baking in time for Sooke’s gingerbread contest

Proceeds go to support the work of Sooke’s the food bank

Algae bloom killing farmed fish on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

DFO says four Cermaq Canada salmon farms affected, fish not infectious

Most Read