Police: Thieves in CT steal hundreds of donated toys designated for needy children

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut (WABC) -- Police in Bridgeport are on the hunt for some Christmas Grinches.

Earlier Saturday morning a pair of thieves broke into two storage pods in a parking lot outside the Greater Bridgeport Christian Fellowship Church on Boston Avenue.

The heartless thieves, captured on security camera video , stole hundreds of donated toys designated as gifts for needy children. Church leaders say they had collected roughly $8,000 worth of gifts.

One of the donors, Wally Landmesser, spent $2,000 on gifts for the kids. Those toys are now gone.

"This church does such a good job for the community," Landmesser said. "Every year back to school program participates in the community. I'm at a loss for words."

Erica Mercer, a single mother of three, received a half-dozen donated toys just last week. She feels awful for the many families left empty-handed.

"It breaks my heart," Mercer said. "Because I'm actually a teacher and I work with lots of unfortunate children. And it's very hard, it's a hard thing."

As police continue their search for the two suspects, toy drive organizers hope kind-hearted contributors will step forward with additional gifts for the kids.

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