HYANNIS - A Hyannis woman spent Christmas in jail after being accused of stealing Toys for Tots donations meant for her neighbors' children. According to a Barnstable police release, officers were called to Hinckley Road around 9:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve where two people told them their neighbor, 49-year-old Janice Tully, stole presents intended for their children.
According to police, the pair said Tully gave them a ride to the Barnstable Police Station, then Independence House, to pick up toys for their five children. The officers were told that after putting the toys in her trunk, Tully abruptly left Independence House alone, telling her two neighbors that she would catch up with them later.
Tully's neighbors were forced to take a taxi home, police said. They confronted Tully when she returned home hours later and reportedly gave them different stories about the whereabouts of the toys.
Only a few of the toys were recovered from Tully's trunk. She reportedly refused to tell police where the rest of the toys were. The toys, made available through the Toys for Tots program, were valued at $500.
Police placed Tully under arrest and transported her to the Barnstable Police Station where she was booked and charged with felony larceny of property over $250. She was held on $200 bail and will be arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Thursday.
Santa came through for the five kids in the form of Officer Brian Morrison. Officer Morrison is his department's Toys for Tots liaison. He was able to get toys for the kids and deliver them to Hinckley Road before midnight on Christmas Eve.