A number of cases across Ontario this month have residents concerned about a rash of present-stealing grinches, but at least one story has ended happily, thanks to a group of police officers.
Last Friday, an Exeter, Ont. woman loaded up on toys, colouring books, craft supplies and board games to give to less fortunate children in her area. After making her purchases, she made a stop at the local Canadian Tire, only to return a car that had been broken into with the presents stolen.
After reporting the theft to officers with the Huron County OPP detachment, police were unable to identify a suspect, but did chip in money to buy some replacement toys.
When the Canadian Tire operator learned of the issue, the store matched–and exceeded–the donations from police officers to replace many of the toys.
“It just felt like the right thing to do. She was trying to do something great at this time of the year, and we didn’t want someone to take that away from her. We knew those toys were destined for the less fortunate and we wanted to make sure that still happened,” said Huron County OPP Provincial Constable Jason Richardson.
OPP officers met the victim Thursday afternoon at the Canadian Tire store and surprised her with the replaced assortment of toys and sporting goods.
“The unsuspecting victim was left nearly speechless,” officers said. “However, the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes said it all.”