Suspected Thief Caught on Camera with Gifts from Toys For Tots Donation Bin

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COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP,  Pa. -- Toys were stolen from a Toys For Tots bin at a hotel near Mount Pocono over the weekend.

The hotel manager believes a guest swiped the presents and it was all caught on camera.

People at the Comfort Inn and Suites near Mount Pocono are calling this thief a Christmas Grinch.

The hotel manager says the presents were taken from the Toys For Tots box in the lobby on Saturday.

Security camera images show a man by the elevator sipping a drink and holding boxes wrapped in hotel towels.

The manager says he noticed the toys were missing when he came into work the next day. He checked the security cameras and found these images.

He shared them on social media hoping someone will recognize the man.

"How could you take from a child? The whole purpose is for children, needy children, and you don't do stuff like that. It's aggravating," said manager Anthony Regan.

The manager says he noticed the toys were missing when he came into work the next day he checked the security cameras and found these images.

Jay Rake is with the East Stroudsburg Marine Corps League and oversees this donation site. He's very upset someone would steal from people in need and hopes the man can be identified.

"It is very sad that someone would (do that). If they had just asked, we would have given them to them, but don't steal them. That is kind of low life," Rake said.

Because of this incident, the general manager is taking some extra safety precautions. If you plan on bringing a toy, don't drop it off in the box, you're asked to bring it to the front desk.

Alex Beach also works at the hotel and says in the six years this box has been here, no one has ever taken from it.

"There are too many hardworking people contributing to this cause, and here he comes stealing from children. He is the Grinch who stole Christmas," Beach said.

The hotel manager says they have been getting a lot of support from the community to replace the stolen toys.

If you recognize the man in the surveillance video, you're asked to contact police.

The manager says while he is keeping the Toys For Tots bin in the lobby, anyone dropping off a present is asked to leave it at the front desk and it will be put in a safe location.


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