Two young probationers went to jail Tuesday, with bonds set at $50,000 each, on allegations that they stole toys from Toys For Kids. The men were performing community service at the charity on Belle Plain as part of their probation, authorities said.
The toys were recovered.
Bubba Thomas Vannoy, 20, and Cory Evan Lyon, 19, were taken into custody in the probation office a few minutes apart Tuesday afternoon.
District Attorney Micheal Murray's office filed motions to adjudicate on both men, alleging they had violated their probation in several ways including committing theft from Toys For Kids on Dec. 16, documents in 35th District Clerk Jan Brown's office show.
Wanda Thacker Martin, co-founder of Toys For Kids, wrote an email to the Bulletin stating:
"On Friday Dec 16, 2011, I was notified by a volunteer that a couple of young men doing community service may be carrying out items to their truck. I went to their truck and observed items from our warehouse inside two boxes placed in the bed of the truck.
"The boxes were removed from the trucks and the items they were attempting to take were carried back inside, and I informed them we did not let our volunteers help themselves. We put the items back on the shelves and their probation officer was notified."
Probation officer Jay Curtis said both men were placed on 10 years deferred adjudication probation in 2010. He said they were among five co-defendants charged with burglary and engaging in organized criminal activity after break-ins at the Zephyr and May school districts in May 2009. All five were placed on probation, Curtis said.
Vannoy and Lyon are also co-defendants in unrelated indictments charging them with theft of property and theft of a firearm.