- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police said it was unthinkable that someone would break-in and steal Toys for Tots from a poor neighborhood’s community center four days before Christmas.

Turns out they were right.

Police on Friday charged 49-year-old Carmen Randall with falsely reporting the break-in at the center run by the East Hills Community Council.

Police aren’t saying why they believe Randall made up the thefts, and Randall - the council’s president - and others at the center couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Publicity about the burglary - in which nearly 400 gifts for needy children were allegedly stolen - prompted so many donations that police had to ask the public to stop giving money and toys.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Randall, who is being mailed a court summons.


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