YONKERS, N.Y. — Police in suburban New York are searching for a suspect who they say stole toys from a donation box.

WCBS-TV reports a thief is targeting Toys for Tots boxes in Yonkers. Steve Topilnycky, of Westchester Toys for Tots, says someone stole donations from a Modell’s and a Toys R Us last week.

Topilnycky says he was tipped off by a store manager who said the thief was posing as a Toys R Us employee. He alerted other businesses before the thief stole more toys.

Donor Jackie Lipson called the crime “disgusting.” Lipson says she’s checking volunteer credentials to make sure the thief doesn’t steal again.

Officials say the toy thief got away with about 50 gifts.


Information from: WCBS-TV, http://www.cbs2ny.com

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