Who would break into a Christmas bureau?
That’s what Lisa Werring is asking herself after discovering someone broke into the Surrey Christmas Bureau’s toy depot early Wednesday morning, getting away with three of four new laptops recently donated as well gift cards earmarked for teens.
“This is the grinch that stole Christmas for a bunch of teens. Literally,” said Werring, the charity’s executive director. “It’s a huge blow.”
Werring told the Now-Leader that Surrey RCMP alerted her of the break-in at 7 a.m.
“Somebody had kicked in our back door and got in. The break-in happened sometime shortly after 6 a.m.,” she said. “While we were already struggling for teen gifts, now we basically don’t have any. All the gift cards coming in for teenagers have been taken. It’s absolutely devastating.”
Surrey RCMP said in a press release that it’s believed roughly $6,000 in gift cards were take, in addition to the laptops. Police continue to investigate the break-and-enter.
“To have an incident like this occur against a charity that works hard to support families during the holiday season is deplorable,” said Inspector Gurmakh Parmar in a release. “I encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact police and help ensure we can support those that support the vulnerable in our community.”
The charity had put out a call for donations in late November to meet an “increasing need” in the community.
Werring said late last month that more than 1,200 families including 3,360 children had already signed up for help and more are registering every day.
Toys and cash donations can be dropped off to the depot at at 10240 City Pkwy., Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 2019 Toy Wish list and a link for financial donations are also available on the Christmas Bureau website at christmasbureau.com.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2019-191430.
The Grinch has struck @SurreyChristmas Someone broke into the Toy Depot early this morning and stole 3 new laptops and ALL the gift cards for teens. They needed gifts for teens and now they have NONE! Please help if you can. @JanetBrown980 @amyreid87 @TomZillich @drex @steeletalk
— Downtown Surrey BIA (@dtsurreybia) December 11, 2019