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$100K worth donations stolen from non-profit

December 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Thieves broke into a storage locker and stole thousands of dollars worth of food and toys from an Orange County non-profit group.It's going to be a sad Christmas for many needy families in Orange County.

More than $100,000 dollars worth of donated food and toys were gone from the storage area belonging to the United Labor Agency of Orange County.

Bill Fogarty looks at the few remaining toys not taken by the thieves.

"It was surprising they left something," said Fogarty, the executive director of the United Labor Agency of Orange County.

The room that was once packed with donated toys and food is now nearly empty.

"It's not just food, we had household supplies, we had shampoos, diapers, stuff for babies," Fogarty listed.

More than 1000 toys were donated after a recent motorcycle toy run, and the food was collected for families in need during the holidays.

"That food alone we're looking at, at least 1000 families that would have been relying on a portion of that food. The toys, a couple hundred families minimum," Fogarty said.

Fogarty said that the burglary happened over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Someone cut open a wire door in the basement area of their complex, then pried open the storage room locker door.

"We believe whoever was involved in this, or whatever group, probably had a large truck or a tractor trailer to move this much property out of the facility," explained Lt. Travis Whitman Garden Grove police.

While police search for suspects Fogarty along with others from the non-profit organization worry that they won't be able to help the thousands in need this holiday and have these words for the people responsible.

"Shame on you. What I'd really like to say, you don't want on the air. Your day will come on this. You'll have to repent to someone for it," Fogarty said.

The stolen goods were packaged in large, brown, cardboard boxes labeled, "Artistry In Motion" and were marked with numbers written in thick marker ranging from 9 to 13 to signify food expiration years.

If you find boxes fitting these descriptions, or if you know anything about the burglary, you're asked to call the Garden Grove Police Department at (714) 741--57004.

If you would like to donate to the United Labor Agency of Orange County, you can call (714) 740-0928 or for more information, you can e-mail them at ulaoc@aol.com.


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