ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (WTEN) – Rotterdam Police say they received a complaint from the Safyre’s Angels organization on January 25, 2016 that volunteers may be stealing from the organization.
Volunteers were called upon to assist the organization in opening the more than 1 million Christmas cards the organization received this past Christmas season.
Many of the cards contained cash and gift cards to local retailers. Organizers received information that some volunteers may be stealing and contacted police.
On Thursday, February 25, Rotterdam Detectives arrested 41-year-old Kimberly Bradford of Elizabeth Street in Rotterdam. She is being charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony. She was arraigned and remanded to the custody of the Schenectady County Sheriff in lieu of 5,000.00 cash bail.
Rotterdam Police were assisted in the investigation by the New York State Police. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.
WTEN interviewed this woman when she was helping Safyre out.
Kimberly Bradford is a member of Sa’fyre’s Angels. She has sat in the warehouse every day for the past six weeks to open cards, read the cards, and track down some of the senders.
“And we just opened it, and I wanted to personally call and thank you for taking the time to think of her,” she told one card giver.
The experience has been so profound, it has changed the way Bradford looks at the world.
“It restored my faith in humanity in such a terrible time in the world with everything that’s going on,” she said. “Just to see the outpouring of love from around the world from one little girl.