Share this @internewscast.com

New Mexico authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stole a van full of toys from the Salvation Army on Tuesday.

The Farmington Police Department said in a statement that Anthony Crespin, 37, is believed to have stolen a Salvation Army employee’s Toyota minivan from a Walmart parking lot. The employee was reportedly shopping at the store for the charity’s “Angel Tree” program — and Crespin had assisted them in shopping and loading the toys into the minivan.

“Before the employee and other volunteers were finished purchasing the toys, Crespin drove off in the vehicle,” police alleged in the statement obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It is unclear from the report if Crespin posed as a volunteer or otherwise misrepresented himself to get access to the volunteer and their vehicle.

The Salvation Army estimated the stolen toys and gifts inside the stolen van total $6,000.

In light of last week’s reported heist, Salvation Army Lieutenant Christopher Rockwell told the Associated Press that they have received an influx of donations that exceed what was stolen. He said on Saturday that the donations included cash, “lots of toys, lots of clothing,” and hygiene items.

According to Rockwell, the items stolen last week were supposed to go to children during a distribution drive on Monday. The van — and Crespin — remain unaccounted for.

On Saturday, an arrest warrant was issued for Crespin, who is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Farmington police said he is known to frequent the Farmington and Bernalillo areas.

“The Grinch will not have this victory,” Rockwell told the Associated Press. Referring to the outpouring of donations, he said, “It’s a massive blessing beyond comprehension.”

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode:

Join Nancy Grace for her new online video series designed to help you protect what you love most — your children.

[Featured image: Anthony Crespin/Farmington Police Department]

Source: This post first appeared on https://www.crimeonline.com/feed/

Share this @internewscast.com
You May Also Like

The Truth About Israel Keyes’ Final Known Victim, Samantha Koenig

Once Keyes knew he had access to Samantha Koenig’s card, he returned…

Man wounded by gunfire into NE Side apartment window

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are investigating after a man in…

Everything You Need to Know About Abandonment and Desertion in Divorce

Sponsored content Most people do not imagine how their lives could take…

Accused Bully’s Mom Says Severely-Burned Boy’s Family Fabricated Story To Get $600K in Donations – Crime Online

The mother of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy who was accused of intentionally…

Signatures deemed sufficient in San Luis Valley DA recall effort

DENVER – A recall effort against Alonzo Payne, the 12th Judicial District…

Chief McManus discusses Lina Khil case

SAN ANTONIO – “First day or today, our goal remains the same.…

Pair in custody after police say they fired at officers

SAN ANTONIO – Two people are custody after police say they fired…

Laundrie Parents Skip Court Hearing as Lawyer Slams Them for Staying Silent About ‘Brutal Murder’ – Crime Online

Brian Laundrie’s parents appeared at the Sarasota County Circuit Court in Florida…