Victoria toy store, Cherry Bomb Toys had break-and-enter early Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Thieves break in, steal donations from Victoria toy store just before holidays

Thieves smash in the back door of Cherry Bomb Toys

A downtown Victoria toy store saw a break-in just weeks before Christmas.

Cherry Bomb Toys at 1410 Broad St. had its back door broken into on Friday morning, shortly after 6 a.m. Two men cut through a alley gate and smashed the back windows, setting off alarms.

The men grabbed one thing – a donation box full of cash that goes towards the upstairs Toy Museum.

Co-owner B. Woodward and his family live upstairs, and came running down but not before the thieves fled. Woodward added they’d called the police shortly after, but because the night had been busy was not able to meet with an officer until closer to 4:30 p.m.

ALSO READ: Victoria’s 2020 Capital City Comic Con to feature a special Star Trek guest

“This is the first time we’ve had this scenario, and it’s a direct result of what’s happening in our back alley because of the fire,” Woodward said.

In May, Cherry Bomb’s neighbouring building burned down as a result of arson. For months the area was fenced off but in recent weeks a back alley along with new space that is constantly busy with people.

ALSO READ: Victoria’s Ultimate Toy Fair bounces back into Pearkes

“People are always there scrounging for all kind of things,” Woodward said.

While Woodward was upset to have the break-in happen just before Christmas, he said business was still busy. He added that the business is grateful for the continued community support and for the work of the police, and hopes that eventually the thieves will see justice.

“Santa will have a special place on his list for those guys,” he said.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook Send a Tweet to @NicoleCrescenzi
and follow us on Instagram

Businesstheft

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke, Sidney businesses win top awards during the BC Food and Beverage Awards

Sheringham Distillery won Gold Award for Product of Year while Cascadia Seaweed won Innovation Award

First Nations market fills Colwood’s Royal Beach

Event Wednesday in honour of Orange Shirt Day

West Shore RCMP arrives just in time thanks to tip

Officers remind of resources after mental health call Monday morning

Victoria Humane Society takes revenue hit after donation bins vandalized

Organization removes clothing donation bins after contents removed, scattered

Lamborghini driver slapped with nearly $1,000 in fines while speeding in Central Saanich

Vehicle impounded by Central Saanich police, 11 points issued

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

SOOKE HISTORY: Alleged bootlegger has day in court

Blackberry wine confiscated at home

Shawnigan Lake’s Kubica gets 25 to life for murder in California

Former Shawnigan Lake man convicted of killing woman in 1990

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

Duration of Tour de Rock stop in Chemainus much shorter than usual

Four alumni riders don’t get to come for breakfast in COVID year

Most Read