A man accused of stealing toys meant for kids turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon.
Calvin T. Hunter, 46, surrendered at the Akron Police Department. He will be held at the Summit County Jail and faces felony theft charges.
Police had been looking for Hunter, who is accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of toys that were to be given to children as gifts.
Hunter signed up Monday as a volunteer to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots program at First Faith Development Corp. on Easter Avenue.
He was observed later that day taking toys out of the back door of the facility, police said.
It was not clear whether Hunter intended to give the toys away or to sell them, authorities said.
Traci Higginbottom-Williams, director of First Faith Development Corp., called the theft "very heartless, cruel and unkind.” She estimated the loss at $5,000.
News of the loss spread quickly and, within hours, the city of Akron said it had received a $5,000 donation from eBay to help replace the toys. This year, eBay launched its Retail Revival program in Akron aiming to help local sellers bring their wares to an international audience.
The FirstEnergy Foundation also is donating $5,000 to the local Toys for Tots program.