Charity organization who had toys stolen may have been targeted

by: Dave Huddleston Updated:

Someone broke into their storage unit and stole the gifts last month. But it's a locked facility and investigators said it would be hard for someone off the street to know just what unit to break into to get their hands on 10,000 toys.

ATLANTA - Investigators told Channel 2 Action News they believe a charity organization that had its Christmas gifts stolen from a storage unit may have been targeted from the inside.

Someone broke into their storage unit and stole the gifts last month. But it's a locked facility and investigators said it would be hard for someone off the street to know just what unit to break into to get their hands on 10,000 toys.

"It's entirely possible they were targeted," said Fulton County Police Sgt. Scott McBride.

He showed Channel 2's Dave Huddleston some of the surveillance video from the neighborhood self-storage facility at Old National Highway.

He said investigators have gone through nine hours of video and found nothing.

Something else that's suspicious, McBride said, is the LIFT Community Development Center storage locker was the only one robbed.

"Someone could've seen something while they were putting things away. Someone might have followed them. There are several different scenarios, unfortunately we don't know," McBride said.

Huddleston stopped by the storage facility to talk to management, but no one was there.

The facility advertises property under surveillance and there are gates to get near the storage lockers.

"Someone who's not a member, it would be difficult for them to get in," McBride said.

After a toy drive, LIFT received hundreds of new toys that they're put in a secure undisclosed location.

LIFT CEO Barbara McKee told Huddleston she wants it to stay that way

"I would love a warehouse that has a 24-hour security. Someone is actually walking around, because this is valuable. Some people (think) it might not be valuable but to us and people in need it's valuable," McKee said.

Police are still looking for any leads on the case.

McKee said LIFT plans to hold their Christmas party and pass out the toys on Dec. 20.

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