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Laptops, drones, gift cards stolen from Surrey Christmas Bureau

The Surrey Christmas Bureau is looking for last-minute donations after thousands of dollars worth of gifts for low-income families were stolen in a break-in Wednesday morning. 

'It is absolutely Grinch-like. It’s unbelievable.'

The Surrey Christmas Bureau is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization that provides items like toys, stocking stuffers and grocery cards to low-income families during the holiday season. 

The Surrey Christmas Bureau is looking for last-minute donations after thousands of dollars worth of gifts for low-income families were stolen in a break-in Wednesday morning. 

The break-in happened at the back door of the charity's rented space at 10240 City Parkway just before 6:30 a.m. An alarm went off and when Surrey RCMP arrived, three laptops and $6,000 worth of gift cards were missing.

Two drones were later also identified as missing, said executive director Lisa Werring.

"It is absolutely Grinch-like. It's unbelievable," Werring said.

"This is definitely the Grinch that stole Christmas."

Surrey Christmas Bureau serves 2,000 families each year

The Surrey Christmas Bureau is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization that provides items like toys, stocking stuffers and grocery cards to low-income families during the holiday season. 

It serves more than 2,000 families each year, including 4,500 kids, Werring said. 

It's not clear whether more than one person was involved in the theft, Werring said, and there is no video surveillance in the building.

The RCMP is asking the public to contact them with any information.

"To have an incident like this happen against a charity that works very hard to support families during the holiday season is very disappointing," said Cpl. Elenore Sturko.

Werring believes whoever broke in was familiar with the space — they seemed to know exactly where the laptops and high-value items were and took off within minutes, she said. 

The charity is in the middle of its distribution stage, handing out toys and other items to families each day.

The items stolen were intended to be given to teens as Christmas gifts, Werring said. 

On Wednesday, 88 families were expected to come to select toys for their children, she added. 

While police investigate, Werring is hoping the community will step up and help out. 

"I know they will come through and rally behind us," she said. 

"I'm just hoping that by the end of the day, it will turn around and be more like a miracle on City Parkway, and we'll have some toy donations coming through the door to make it all better."

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