Walla Walla thief stole Christmas presents, money from WA Children, Youth and Families

Grinch Of A Year Christmas Tree - (Walla Walla)
"Grinch of a Year" by Umpqua Bank.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Police investigators are working to track down an unidentified suspect who heartlessly stole wrapped Christmas presents and cash donations from the Washington Dept. of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) office in Walla Walla.

According to an alert from the city’s police department, authorities responded to the office at 206 W Poplar St at 11:25 a.m. on December 16, 2021, for reports of theft.

They were made privy to Grinch-like behavior when DCYF officials told them someone slipped into the building and stole holiday goods.

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These presents were collected through the “Giving Tree” program, which benefits children and families in need. DCYF staff members told police that the suspect entered and exited the building undetected.

The Walla Walla Police Foundation decided to support the program through the theft by replacing all of the items that were stolen from under the tree, but this is only the first step in their response.

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Police investigators will be searching the community to find the person or people responsible for these thefts. If you have any information that may help them in their search, you can contact the Walla Walla Police Department at 509-527-1960.

Anyone who wants to help by contributing to the “Giving Tree” program can drop gifts and donations off at 206 W Alder St.