“teenagers broke into DC warehouse overnight and stole from bags already prepared to go out to families”

by Prince Of Petworth December 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm 16 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user kellybdc

A reader passes on from the Salvation Army:

“Dear Sponsors and Volunteers,

I write to you with disappointing news. Unfortunately, teenagers broke into DC warehouse overnight and stole from bags already prepared to go out to families. It appears as though they targeted gifts for the older children, especially electronics.

The police are actively investigating this crime scene, and we are enhancing our current security measures until distribution ends. We are doing a complete inventory and The Salvation Army will be replacing all items we find to be missing.

At this time, we are calling on the community to support us in the form of monetary donations and electronics, such as MP3 players and tablets. Donations can be made at a Red Kettle, online at www.salvationarmynca.org or brought to our headquarters at 2626 Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

Given the large number of donors, we will not be able to communicate with sponsors individually regarding your donations. We can assure you that each of the 6,000 children sponsored in the District will have a great Christmas holiday.

Thank you so much for your continued support through this trying time.


Angela Soriano
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Volunteer and Donation Drive Coordinator”

  • jaybird

    the irony

  • AG

    Out of curiosity, how do they know they were teenagers?

    • Cassie

      Wash Post has more details. Two volunteers caught the thieves in the act, and the police arrested two of the five or so teenagers.
      Also, doesn’t this happen every year?

      • Avenging Angel

        Doesn’t something similar happen in DC every day?

      • Jamin Jimmy

        I think the Salvation Army left their kettles poorly secured last year and some upstanding citizens broke in and helped themselves.

        • Anonymous Coward

          Maybe the stolen money went to help women and gay people. Probably not.

      • jasmine

        I was thinking the same. Doesn’t this seem to happen every year?

  • AMDCer

    Dammit – didn’t something like this happen last year, too? It’s a shame, but it seems like charitable orgs need to hire extra security this time of year when they have stockpiles of items to deliver.

  • dno

    Little Grinches.

  • Anon

    I’m sorry to hear someone plundered the Homophobe Army stash. This is unfortunate.

    • please tell us how you really feel

    • anonymous

      Seriously. According to their 2014 annual report the Homophobe Army that you feel morally superior to provides basic social services to about 30 people a minute and more than 100 meals a minute. They may be morally inferior to you, but they accomplished more in the minute it took you to regale us with your wit than you did. Unless you live the life of a complete ascetic you’re probably living a blind-spot too.

  • jtnt

    Maybe someone with WordPress expertise can volunteer to help fix their website. The site linked to above errors out. :(

    • try again – the link just worked for me

  • AA

    This news was upsetting to me. If you don’t know what the angel tree is, people sign up and receive “angels” with wish lists. It’s a very personal experience. I adopted 2 “angels” and only knowing their names, ages, sizes and 3 wish items (you don’t have to purchase all wishes, fyi). I put a lot of thought into my purchases. Not only did I get them the toys they had requested, I also got each of them a new coat, and full outfit. It’s an amazing opportunity to think about impacting a specific child who might otherwise go without.
    I’m glad to hear that they will be able to replace those missing items. Regardless of their politics, they provide those who want to spread a little holiday cheer with direct link to those who need it. Please consider signing up next year if you can afford it.

    • RoryK

      I’ve also done Angel Tree the last few years through work. The Salvation Army picked up gifts for dozens of children adopted by me and my colleagues just this past Friday. I’m very disheartened to hear some of these items were likely stolen.


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