Arrests Made in Theft of Toys for Tots Donations

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — North Chicago police say they have arrested six people, including a parks commissioner, in connection with the theft of toys collected in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots charity.

Commissioner Susan Dixon, parks employees Tommie Kindle and Mark Dixon Jr., the commissioner’s son, have been charged with felony theft. They are accused of stealing toys worth $500 from a park district facility shortly before Christmas.

The Chicago Tribune reports authorities on Tuesday did not name the other suspects arrested, nor the charges filed against them in connection with the theft.

Lake County prosecutors said in a court hearing there is surveillance video of the theft.

Kindle’s attorney said during a bond hearing his client was merely following Susan Dixon’s instructions when he placed the toys into a car.

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