FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – Toys for Tots is extending its deadline for donations to 6 p.m. Tuesday after $15,000 worth of toys were stolen from the program over the weekend.

WBZ Radio’s Karen Twomey reports.

The toys were being stored in a POD container at a warehouse facility in Burlington until they would be distributed to local charities.

The program, coordinated by the United State Marine Corps with help from the State Police, collects and distributes toys for needy families.

Police say about 1,500 toys were stolen from the locked POD between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday.

It appears the toys were sorted through and only those valued between $15 and $30 and for children 8 and up were taken, police say.

“We are processing the PODS for potential physical evidence and are checking to see if there is any video surveillance of the surrounding area,” State Police spokesman David Procopio said Monday.

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports from Burlington.

Colonel Marian McGovern, superintendent of the State Police, called it “a despicable crime.”

The Toys for Tots collection ended last week. But they announced the extended deadline Monday morning after they were overwhelmed with generous donations when word of the thefts became public.

John Danieli, CEO of Computer Merchant of Norwell made a $15,000 donation to Toys for Tots after hearing about the theft.

“One woman from Winthrop stopped by General Headquarters with approximately 10 bags of toys she purchased this morning. A retired US Army Colonel dropped off a check. A CEO of a South Shore company is bringing a check over,” Procopio said.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

“Clear Channel Outdoor has donated a digital billboard on Route 93 in Medford northbound, north of Exit 31, to help spread the message that toys and donations are being accepted for two more days.”

Find: State police barracks near you

Officials with Toys for Tots said they collected over 1,000 toys today.

Donations can be dropped off at any State Police barracks. Checks can be made out to “Toys for Tots.”

More Info: Toys For Tots web site

State police are also asking anyone who has information about the theft or if they are suspicious of a sudden large quantity of toys to call either state police at 508-820-2121 or Burlington police at 781-270-1914.

Comments (10)
  1. jeremy says:

    Hi there,

    I saw this story on the news and it makes me sick. I am in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada and wish to make a monetary donation. Is there some way to do so online?

  2. Kristin says:

    Here you are Jeremy…

    Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Karen Lockney says:

    See how Burlington High School has responded to this at the principals blog:

    I am proud to be from and work at BHS

  4. Fiona says:

    I would be willing to bet that the stolen toys are being shipped abroad. Large boxes being posted from one general area ought to be X-rayed.

  5. Debra says:

    When I first heard this story I was beyond sick. We have 5 grandchildren who participated in buying toys for tots this year. They are all 13 and under in age. My youngest grand-daughter who is 8 reminded me that no matter how many really mean “Grinches” there are – “You can’t steal Christmas!”

  6. Danielle D. says:

    This is terrible! I am a kid my self and I was so mad when I saw this. At school, alot of people felt the same way. So to whoever stole those toys: you should bring them back because now thanks to you, your destroying christmas for many unfouruntate kids who will now have to wake up on christmas morning to no presents under the tree. Their parents will have to tell them that “santa couldn’t make it this year” because of you. Your a terrible person and will be to blame this year for many kids worst christmas’s. Thanks alot. :/

  7. Spreading some joy says:

    I’ve also seen that Walgreens are helping to collect additional toys and created additioal drop boxes. From what I read they have collected over 10,000 toys locally this season. That’s my place to shop!

  8. TANGAIR says:

    I’m in San Diego but would like to help. Specifically, I’d like to help the MA folks so that their campaign doesn’t go off-track. Is there a website that will take my Visa?

    1. Kristin says:

      I provided a link, please scroll up to my comment from earlier in the day. You will be able to donate online with your credit card.

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