A truck loaded with toys bound for a children's hospital in Manhattan was stolen while parked on a Bay Shore street, police said.
"We had loaded the truck for a couple holiday parties that we have this week," said James Cohn, owner of Coco Events Inc., based on South Fehr Way in Bay Shore. Cohn and his staff went into a production meeting to go over the week's events Monday and staffers had parked the truck on the street outside the building.
Inside the white 2002 Chevy box truck were stuffed bears and stuffing machines, which were headed for Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in Manhattan for an event on Tuesday.
"It's a job we do each year for sick children -- we stuff bears and give them outfits and give them to the children," Cohn said.
He said after the meeting, he and his staff went outside and the truck was gone. Cohn said it was locked at the time.
"Nobody could believe it," he said.
Cohn and his employees had to scramble to get a new set of stuffed bears and outfits ready for Tuesday, but managed to pull it off, he said.
Now, they and Suffolk County police are hoping the thief will realize what was inside the truck and bring it back. The total value of the truck and its contents is about $20,000, Cohn said.
Suffolk police said the white truck has writing on the driver's door that says "TE 210 S. Fehr Way, Bay Shore." The New York license plate on the truck is 34200MB.
"I hope that whoever stole it realizes what was in it and abandons it so we can get it back," Cohn said.