Less than a month before Christmas, thieves broke into a Salvation Army warehouse in Baltimore and stole about 200 toys for poor families, along with construction materials being used to build a nonprofit grocery store. It was the third time the warehouse was burglarized during the last two weeks of November — a string of break-ins under investigation by the Baltimore police.
About 200 toys, 15 bikes, 25 pairs of shoes and 75 pieces of clothing were stolen, according to Salvation Army officer Gene A. Hogg. The Salvation Army of Central Maryland uses the warehouse to store Christmas gifts for 4,000 families.
“The toys that were stolen were identified for the children of this community,” Hogg said in a news release.
The burglaries occurred during the evenings of Nov. 21, Thanksgiving and Nov. 30 amid construction of the grocery store. A spokeswoman for the Salvation Army of Central Maryland said they believe the final break-in was perpetrated by a team of people based on the number of construction tools and bikes taken.
“What we’re going to have to do is go out and buy and replace those items,” Hogg said. He promised they would.