New Haven Grinch grabs toys for second year in a row - WFSB 3 Connecticut

New Haven Grinch grabs toys for second year in a row

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Last year, just days before the organization started giving the toys out, someone cleared out the room where they were kept at the Charles Street police station.   This year, the toys were stolen from a completely different location. (WFSB) Last year, just days before the organization started giving the toys out, someone cleared out the room where they were kept at the Charles Street police station.  This year, the toys were stolen from a completely different location. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) -

For the second year in a row, a Grinch grabbed toys collected for kids in need in New Haven.

The theft left organizers scrambling to make sure hundreds of children have a happy holiday.

Metashar Dillon and the New Haven police have been teaming up to continue the tradition of the late Mae Ola Riddick's annual Christmas giveaway.

"We turn no one away and this is Mae Ola and she did this. Fed 500 people, gave toys to a couple hundred and we figured we could do a little better than that," New Haven police captain Patricia Hellinger said.

Last year, just days before the organization started giving the toys out, someone cleared out the room where they were kept at the Charles Street police station. 

This year, the toys were stolen from a completely different location.

In addition to giving out toys, they're also handing out coats to make sure kids stay warm this winter.

They're looking for all the donations they can get.

"Especially coats for high school age, we've gotten a donation of coats for little kids, elementary, small kids. We need coats [for[ high school age boys and girls, bigger sized hats and gloves," Dillon said.

Police are still investigating the theft. They said if someone needed help this Christmas, all they needed to do was ask.

But they said they're not going to let the selfish acts of someone ruin their spirit. 

They're collecting toys and will have a cruiser outside the New Haven Walmart next Monday and Tuesday.

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