ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A volunteer with Safyre’s Angels has been arrested for allegedly stealing from the organization.
Millions of cards and gifts poured in for Safyre Terry over the Christmas holiday. The 8-year-old was the sole survivor of a 2013 arson. Thousands of people volunteered to help sort through the mail.
On Thursday, February 25, Rotterdam detectives arrested 41-year-old Kimberly Bradford, of Rotterdam. She is being charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.
NEWS10 ABC previously interviewed Bradford during a story about Safyre’s Angels:
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.
It was during that time that police said Bradford stole cash and cards from some of the Christmas cards.
“She was found to be in possession of a mail bin, which had several Christmas cards, which were already opened,” Rotterdam Police Lt. Michael Brown said. “Cash was about $800, and the gift cards were about $550.”
Police said there’s no way of knowing whether Bradford took more than what she was found with.
“This is a despicable crime,” Brown said. “You just can’t get any lower than this. Safyre has been victimized with such a tragedy. To victimize her again in this fashion is just disgusting.”
The Safyre’s Angels organization told NEWS10 they have no information or comment at this time.
Kevin Clark, the man who spearheaded the effort to get Christmas Cards for Safyre, said the family and organization continue to trust in their motto: Believe in hope, faith and love.
“I don’t want two or three bad apples to ruin the good that came out of this,” he said.
Bradford posted $5,000 bail. She’s expected back in court on March 10.
NEWS10 went to her home to see if she had anything to say. No one came to the door.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.