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“Grinch” stole a van full of Christmas toys in New Mexico. Here’s what happened next

Christmas got worse when a delivery truck loaded with $ 6,000 toys – due for delivery on December 20 – was stolen from a Walmart parking lot on December 14.

  • “It’s a pretty Grinch-like thing,” said Nicole Brown, public information officer for the Farmington, New Mexico Police Department on the morning of December 15, according to the Farmington Daily Times.

According to the report, Farmington Police posted on Facebook asking for help locating the 2011 white Sienna minivan that was stolen from the Walmart on E. Main Street.

  • Since then, police have identified 37-year-old Anthony Crespin, who is charged with a vehicle theft crime, although his whereabouts are currently unknown.
  • According to another report in the Farmington Daily Times, Crespin was helping an employee shop and load the truck with toys when Crespin stole the vehicle.

The Salvation Army’s Do The Most Good program delivered the gifts to 350 local children, Lt. Salvation Army Farmington Corps officer Christopher Rockwell, according to a statement posted on Facebook.

  • “The most important thing is that no one was injured in the incident and we are grateful for that,” he said in the post, “but our next priority is to replace these toys as there are many local children and families have to look at them counting.”
  • Anyone interested in donating toys should contact Rockwell at 505-327-5117 or [email protected]

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