Church's trailer full of Christmas gifts for 170 kids stolen from parking lot, found 8 hours later

Trailer was full of Ninja Hamster toys

BERTHOUD, Colo. - A trailer full of Christmas gifts was stolen from outside a church in Berthoud. The trailer and all the gifts were eventually found, but police don't know who took it.

The trailer was parked outside the Grace Place church at 250 Mountain Avenue in Berthoud.

Outreach pastor Kim Land said it had been there since being filled with presents in August.

Land said the gifts were donated to Habitat for Humanity by Walmart.

"They had way too many Ninja Hamsters to stock their shelves, so they gave us two huge pallets to give to families," Land said. "That was what was in the trailer, and the trailer had sat here since August."

Police said they received a call about the stolen white cargo trailer around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses told officers the vehicle used to steal the trailer was a silver Ford pickup with Colorado license plate 241WZH.

The silver pickup and trailer might have been seen northbound on Highway 287 in Loveland around 7:30 a.m., police said.

Land is also the president of Christmas in Berthoud, the organization that plans to distribute the gifts. They have a list of 170 children to help this year.

"It’s like the Grinch came in and stole Christmas," Land said before the trailer was found. "I don’t think the people had any idea what was inside the trailer but it’s pretty devastating."

Around noon, police said the trailer was found north of Berthoud in unincorporated Larimer County. The toys were still inside.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Berthoud Police Department at 970-532-2611.

"Christmas in Berthoud has been going since 2008 and it is a way our community can reach out and help our needy families," Land said.

More information about the Christmas in Berthoud program is available on their website.

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