MONTPELIER, Vt. — Police say a Vermont woman who returned donated toys for a cash card is facing a criminal charge.
Police in Berlin say 30-year-old Tayna Drown, of Montpelier, fraudulently returned a cart of toys to a Walmart store on Dec. 1.
Drown told WCAX-TV she exchanged some items for a cash card to buy toys that were more age-appropriate. She says she now knows that was wrong.
Sgt. Chad Bassette said the returned items helped to pay off her layaway. She’s due in court in February on a charge of false pretense.
Authorities say Drown received the items through the Toys for Tots Foundation, which helps distribute toys to children of parents who cannot afford them. Central Vermont Toys for Tots coordinator Daniel Duffey said stealing from a charity is “pretty low.”