HYANNIS (CBS) – A Hyannis woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing toys that were donated through the Toys For Tots program.
On Christmas Eve, two neighbors say 49-year-old Janice Tully gave them a ride to pick up donated toys for their five children at the Barnstable Police Department and the Independence House.
The victims say Tully abruptly left the Independence House without them after filling her trunk with approximately $500 worth of toys. The victims were stranded and had to take a taxi home.
When Tully returned home, she told her neighbors the toys were gone.
Candida Pina was one of the victims. “I said ‘why are you doing this to my children, not to me, why are you doing this to children at Christmastime?'” Candida told WBZ-TV.
Police investigated and discovered some of stolen toys in the trunk of Tully’s car. Officers say she refused to tell police what she did with the rest of the toys.
Tully was charged with Felony Larceny of Property over $250 and is being held on $200 bail.
Officer Brian Morrison, the Barnstable Police liaison to the USMC Toys for Tots Foundation, was able to deliver new toys to the children who were affected before Christmas morning.
Pina said her nine-year-old son woke up Christmas morning and said, “Santa did come Mommy.”