Stolen van full of care packages for troops found
Update Monday, December 26 - Yael Roggen says Arlington detectives called her this morning and said her stolen treats-for-troops van was found.
They said it had been in an accident in DC. Witnesses told police they saw several young people running from the scene.
Roggen says since the theft, people have been stepping forward offering donations and rides to help deliver the care packages.
Van full of care packages for troops stolen
December 21 - A van full of care packages for wounded and active duty troops was stolen Monday night.
The van was decked with stickers reading "T4OT" which stands for Treats 4 our Troops, a charity Yael Roggen began four years ago.
Roggen had been delivering gifts to wounded troops at Walter Reed Medical Center Monday night. When she woke Tuesday, the van was no longer in front of her Arlington home.
"I actually thought maybe it was a joke and I was like, 'No really, where is the van?'" Roggen said.
According to police, 11 other cars in Roggen's neighborhood were either tampered with or stolen that same night.
Officials said that credit cards taken from the van were used at several stores in Maryland.
While detectives try to locate the thieves, Roggen is trying to figure out how to replace the gifts that were bound for Afghanistan.
"It's upsetting," she said. "They're sacrificed so much and we try to give back. Now we're set back and we can't do that as well as we'd like to this week."
Camille Sanders, works in Arlington near the neighborhood. She hopes the thieves have the heart to return the van.
"Just do the right thing," Sanders said. "Think about the reason for the season. It's giving, it's showing love. It's not thievery, so please return it."
For more information about Treats 4 Our Troops, go to the Facebook page.
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