HOULTON — Police in a northern Maine town are investigating the theft of Christmas presents and toys from a Salvation Army community center.

Salvation Army officials in Houlton said today that the pilfered items were donated by residents and destined for children who might otherwise wake up Christmas morning with little or nothing under the tree.

Maj. Hermas Pearl told the Bangor Daily News somebody went through some of the gift bags and stole the most expensive items, including jewelry, cosmetic bags and cosmetics, dolls and video games. She was still working to determine what was stolen.

Pearl said she is scrambling to see what she can do to replace the items, and that it’s not too late for people to donate gifts.

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