Toys 4 Tots donations stolen from Bakersfield church

A local branch of a nation-wide charity is starting the holiday season behind, thanks to a break-in.

A suspect broke the locks off of five Toys 4 Tots containers at the Crystal Cathedral Church on White Lane Tuesday.

Books and toys were stolen from the containers, though local coordinator Heather Haro said she does not know exactly how much was taken yet.

The items were part of inventory carryover from last year, an it was definitely clear the crooks knew they were taking donations.

"It says 'Toys 4 Tots' all over the boxes," said Haro. "There was no mistaking what it was or what it was for."

Haro already asked BPD for more patrols in the area, and she's looking for more storage space, about 10,000 square feet or more the upcoming season.

If you would like to help out, call 661-717-6868. 

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