Thieves steal toys, clothes, tools from Salvation Army warehouse in Baltimore

Published: Dec. 2, 2017 at 4:54 PM EST
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A Salvation Army warehouse in Baltimore has lost "tens of thousands of dollars in construction tools, as well as Christmas toys and clothes for underprivileged children" after three burglaries in a week, CBS Baltimore reports.

The warehouse also houses the organization's upcoming 7,000 square foot nonprofit grocery store, DMG Foods, which will be the first of its kind in Salvation Army history. It is set to open its doors on January 15.

"With both the grocery store grand opening and Christmas distribution rapidly approaching, the burglary of the warehouse is a devastating loss for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland," the organization said in a statement.

"The toys that were stolen were identified for the children of this community," said Salvation Army officer Major Gene A. Hogg. "We are disheartened that something that is designed to help children and the community itself has been taken advantage of in such a hostile way."

The latest burglary happened around 10 p.m. Thursday night. There have been two others since Thanksgiving. Security at the facility is being beefed up in response. Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Baltimore police.