Christmas took a turn for the worse when a van loaded with toys worth $6,000 — which was set to be delivered on Money Dec. 20 — was stolen from a Walmart parking lot on Dec. 14.
- “It is a pretty Grinch-like thing to do,” Farmington, New Mexico, Police Department Public Information Officer Nicole Brown said on the morning of Dec. 15, according to Farmington Daily Times.
- Since then, the police have identified Anthony Crespin, 37, who is accused of a felony count of vehicle theft, though his location is currently unknown.
- Per another Farmington Daily Times report, Crespin was helping an employee in shopping and loading the truck with toys when Crespin stole the vehicle.
The “Do The Most Good” program by Salvation Army was delivering the gifts to 350 local children, said Salvation Army Farmington Corps Officer Lt. Christopher Rockwell, according to a statement released on Facebook.
- “The most important thing is that no one was hurt in the incident, and we are grateful for that,” he said, per the post, “but our next priority is getting those toys replaced, as there are many local kids and families in need counting on them.”
- Anyone interested in donating toys should contact Rockwell at 505-327-5117 or Christopher.Rockwell@usw.SalvationArmy.org.