Police: Man admits to stealing Toys for Tots donations

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Posted: Nov 30, 2010 7:13 PM
Source: Associated Press

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SULPHUR, La. - A Lake Charles man has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of toys that were meant for children of low-income families.

After getting several tips about the theft, Sulphur Police detectives and Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies were led to 45-year-old Johnny Pappillion, who confessed to taking the toys. Police say Pappillion later took investigators to a storage building, where the toys were recovered.

The theft was discovered when an organizer went to collect the donations at businesses and was told someone had already come by and picked them up. Pappillion is suspected to have "collected" donations from about 70 retailers around Calcasieu Parish.

Pappillion was booked into the parish jail on five counts of theft. State District Judge David Ritchie set bond at $50,000. He also was booked by Sulphur Police on three counts of theft and three counts of false personation. Bond on those charges was set at $125,000.

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