There was a Grinch at work in Neosho, stealing toys intended for some needy children.

There was a Grinch at work in Neosho, stealing toys intended for some needy children.
But one local businessman determined not to let the Grinch ruin Christmas for the kids and he gained the support of the Neosho community,
 Someone broke into the warehouse  located at Brook and College Streets in Neosho earlier this week where the gifts, already wrapped, slated for Newton County Christmas for Kids this year were stored. L
Officers from the Neosho Police Department are investigating the break-in.
Robert Devore, Grey Oak Investments in Neosho, decided to stop the Grinch.
"I'm not letting a bunch of losers win the day," Devore said. "I was a poor kid in Neosho once."
Devore rallied the community after he personally pledged to replace the toys stolen.  He put out the word about what happened with the toys, asking for cash and toy donations. On Wednesday, he raised more than $1,275. Large donations were received from other local businesses including Mitchell's Pharmacy and Sam's Cellar. In one hour at Sam's Cellar, Devore raised around $600. A number of other local businesses and individuals also stepped up to donate,
According to Devore, teenagers are suspected in the theft.
Toy and monetary donations could also be dropped off at any fire station in Newton County or at the Newton County Ambulance District headquarters in Neosho. The donations that poured in after news of the theft spread were enough to replace the stolen toys and thwart the Grinch.
The Christmas spirit is alive and thriving in the local community.
"Thank you, Neosho, for reminding us all of the reason for the season," Devore said.