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York County detectives make arrests in Giving Tree day care toy theft

Two men have been arrested in connection with stealing thousands of dollars worth of toys from a Lake Wylie, S.C., day care center in May, the York County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Joshua Rodgers, 34, from Dallas, N.C., and Joseph Edward Daniel, 32, from Gaffney, S.C., are charged with grand larceny, burglary second degree and criminal conspiracy. Rodgers was released on $30,300 bond and Daniel was released on $20,500 bond, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives said on May 17, two people climbed a fence at the Giving Tree Child Development Center to get to the playground, where they stole a toy climbing tree, a playhouse set, several boxes of toys and other items worth about $5,350. The stolen toys have not been recovered.

Detectives said surveillance video and tips to Crime Stoppers of York County helped identify the suspects.

In June, a Charlotte-based real estate company with a similar name to the day care donated about $3,000 worth of playground equipment to the child center. Giving Tree Realty learned about the playground-equipment theft through a Google Alert.

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