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San Diego couple arrested on suspicion of stealing toys from Christmas toy drive

Toys A San Diego couple has been arrested on suspicion of stealing toys from a Christmas toy drive for underprivileged children, police said.

Timoteo Orque, 49, and Rowena Orque, 33, allegedly stole the toys from a Ronald McDonald House donation box in the lobby of a North Island Credit Union branch in San Diego last Dec. 16.

The couple allegedly walked out of the credit union with the toys while workers were busy with customers.  They were linked to the crime through the burgundy automobile seen on a surveillance camera, police said. 

The Orques distributed the toys, valued at about $200, to their three children. The couple was arrested at their home Monday and charged with commercial burglary. Timoteo Orgue is an Army veteran.

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Photo: Rowena and Timoteo Orque. Credit: San Diego Police Department

 
Comments () | Archives (8)

How pathetic. Imagine, stealing toys meant for sick kids at the Ronald McDonald House?? This is an all-time low...they deserve a good spell in prison to ponder what they have done.

I swear, people have no shame. I am glad they got them.

Thier relatives should be made to attend thier trial.

Just when I thought I heard the worst story possible - I hear another shameful story! Prison is harsh - but I believe they should serve HUNDREDS of hours of community service to non-profits serving children. I'm glad they were caught! How about a scarlett letter for them to wear too? Public humiliation may help these two find redemption.

Arrested, Really? The crime is an all time low but come on, shouldn't this be just a ticket? The toys were meant to be donations anyways (albeit, to needy kids -- maybe they had needy kids).

But seriously, you really shouldn't steal from a Christmas toy drive; that's just wrong.

No, this shouldn't just be a ticket. That doesn't make scum like this change their behavior, nor does it show others that stealing doesn't pay.

I do however like the idea of community service. Lots and lots of community service. Say, 1,000 hours each, in areas of the City where the poorest families live, so they can see what it's like to depend on the generousity of others for your children's food, clothing and toys. I'd say make them do their service in a Ronald McDonald House, but I wouldn't trust them not to steal from the children while they were there.

Oh, and there should be large bill boards erected all over the county with their pictures and names on it telling everyone what low-life scums they are.

Ohcomeon are you related to this couple? Yes arrested, how are you gonna steal from needy kids. Thats a felony in 48 states.

I'm with chop you hands, imagine seeing a cancer patient in a hospital get his or her toy stolen? Knowing some of those kids are done for in short time.


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