DENVER – A man posing as a U.S. Marine is stealing Toys for Tots bins across Colorado.
According to the Denver Post, the man identifies himself as Gunnery Sgt. Mix and simply walks up to donation bins and stakes the entire box.
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. David Bull said police were notified Tuesday when he went to pick up a donation box and discovered it was already gone.
The thief is being described as a black man between 40 and 50 years old. As many as six locations from Aurora to Boulder have been hit.
The man wears a Marine uniform when he takes the toys. He does not check-in with the store owners nor show credentials.
The Post reported the thefts are especially worrisome because the Colorado branch of Toys for Tots is still about 45,000 toys short of their goal this year.