TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Cochise County Sheriff's Office was notified on Wednesday of a break in at the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department. This incident reportedly occurred sometime earlier this week wherein all of the toys from the local toy drive were stolen.
The Sheriff's Office has now opened an investigation into the reported burglary and have contacted the Bowie Fire Chief and Fire Board president about this incident.
The initial investigation revealed that the location of the occurrence was through a broken window at the fire house and potential items of evidence were cleaned up and disposed of without contacting law enforcement. The first report received about this crime was to the Sheriff's Office through the County School Superintendent in an effort to help with community outreach for replacement of the stolen toys.
There has been an enormous outpouring of community support throughout Cochise County as a result of the request of Superintendent Jacqui Clay to help get the party scheduled for tomorrow night for the Bowie children to be a success. This event is hosting at least 75 children from kindergarten through twelfth grades who are anticipating a gift from the party.
The Bowie Fire Chief advised the Bowie Fire Board President early this morning that he has been able to recover almost all of the stolen items and had secured more due to the community notification of the original incident. Even though the Bowie Fire Department lost some of their gifts, there are still enough toys for every child to receive at least 2.
Sheriff Mark Dannels said, "We have a duty to investigate all criminal activity within our jurisdiction, and we will do so with the intent of bringing any and all suspect(s) in this case to
justice. We witness the good in people who give more in trying times like this, specifically during the holiday season, and we will do our best to solve this crime!"
The Bowie Fire Board president Bill Dorsey has committed his full cooperation and support to the Sheriff’s Office as we complete the investigation into the burglary.