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Toys and winter coats stolen from New Haven police substation

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Christmas toys and winter coats for kids were stolen just days before they were to be handed out in the Elm City.

As the city of New Haven looks into the theft, organizers said are making one last push for presents.

The group had the presents and the coats at New Haven's Dixwell Police Substation set up and ready for the kids. Police said over the weekend that's when someone snatched most of it, nearly wiping them out.

A toy drive has been going on for years in New Haven. 

"We had so many toys,” Metashar Dillon, who is the toy drive organizer, said. “You couldn't even walk in this place."

Organizers said they got gifts from the state police, from Toys for Tots and just individual donations. They left the toys and coats Friday night, after getting word that another event planned for the community room had been canceled.

But apparently someone was in the room Saturday morning.

"The coats are gone, chairs are back in here. Somebody has been in here,” Dillon said. “Then we looked and it was like the boxes are empty. Half of the ones were empty and the other boxes were halfway full."

On Monday, as families came in to pick up presents for their little ones, the tables which were once overflowing with toys, looked rather lean.  

Now organizers want neighbors to come forward, saying someone in the community knows something.

"There are some toys on the street being peddled,” Dillon said. “People saw people taking away bags of toys, putting in their cars, taking away bags of coats, and putting in their cars."

Organizers told Eyewitness News they're getting help with folks delivering toys, but with time running out, they just don't know if it will be enough.

Police are aware and organizers told Eyewitness News they are looking into this theft.

If you want to donate, people can still drop toys at the substation on Charles Street. They'll be there on Tuesday morning.

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