WASHINGTON - Just six days before the start of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree distribution, the headquarters in Southeast D.C. experienced a break-in.
Employees entered the building, located at 3999 8th Street, Southeast, at around 9 a.m. on December 12 and found teens stealing gifts meant for kids.
The staff called D.C. Metropolitan Police, who arrived on the scene within minutes.
At least one Salvation Army laptop had been stolen, along with multiple bikes, clothes, portable electronics and other items.
The Salvation Army says 300 bags were opened. On Sunday, someone gave the organization $20,000. Also, the Nationals are asking fans to bring gifts to Winter Fest today. The gifts will be given to the Salvation Army.
“We are less than six days from the start of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree distribution to families in need,” said Major Lewis R. Reckline, Area Commander. “We will now need to replace all stolen and unrecovered gifts in time for our Christmas gift distribution on December 17.”
The Salvation Army is now facing the additional cost of around-the-clock security, but Major Reckline noted that the Salvation Army would "not be deterred by making sure all D.C. children in need have a great Christmas."
Donors can help offset the additional expenses by donating at area Red Kettles or online.