WATERTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police in Connecticut are investigating the theft of dozens of toys collected for underprivileged children from a Watertown church.

Someone entered the locked First Congregational Church between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday and took about 36 wrapped gifts, police said.

The gifts included toys, clothes and diapers.

Investigators said there were no signs of forced entry at the church, and last weekend was the deadline for gift collection, so the thief likely knew the items were there, The Republican-American reported.

Many people have come forward to help replace the stolen items.

“We’ve had such a wonderful outpouring from the community,” church secretary Nancy Harrel told 1010 WINS. “The phone has been constantly ringing off the hook.”

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