Stolen toys recovered; kids demand justice for thieves
Updated On: Jun 27 2013 04:28:27 AM CDT
A tip caller alerted 69 News early Wednesday morning to the precise location where some toys stolen from the West Reading Playground could be found.
West Reading police on Monday released surveillance video of adults, caught on camera, who used children to help steal bags of donated toys that belonged to the summer playground program.
Then on Tuesday, the community made a plea for the toys to be returned.
Then on Wednesday, a man who asked to remain anonymous, called 69 News around 12:30 a.m., explaining that the stolen toys were in a parking lot at Parkside Drive South and Thrush Road in Wyomissing.
He wouldn't say how he knew the items were there, but when pressed, he said, "The people who did it said they're sorry and it's there."
69 News accompanied Wyomissing police as they searched for the stolen toys and quickly found them in trash bags near a wooded area.
West Reading police quickly arrived on the scene and transported the toys to headquarters.
"It's a shock that everybody is working so quickly that we're getting our stuff back. It's unreal," said Antonia Lisa, playground manager.
The toys were photographed for evidence, and an inventory was taken to see what toys are still missing.
Meanwhile, the young kids have a message for the thieves.
"I would say they shouldn't do it anymore, and I would tell the cops if they did it again," said 5-year-old Georgia DeLucas.
Anybody with information is asked to call Crime Alert: Berks County immediately. The number is 877-373-9913.
Anonymous calls are accepted, and you could earn up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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