Thieves hit fireworks tent in Glendale

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A fireworks tent that was doubling as a fundraiser for a Valley school was hit by thieves over the Christmas holiday.

"They took several items. The very large items that took up all this space here, they took all of that," said Anthony Chavez.

On Friday morning, Chavez was in for a not so pleasant day-after-Christmas surprise.

The fireworks tent he's running near 59th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale was hit by thieves over the holiday.

"We had packs probably double this size. They're called backyard barrage. We had four of those taken and three others of these," he said.

All of it, he says, was locked up in a large container in the WinCo Foods parking lot, but somehow, someone got in and got away with about $1,200 in fireworks and their sidewalk spinner sign.

Chavez told 3TV he does have insurance but unfortunately it does not cover theft, meaning he has to eat the cost of all the products that were stolen.

This, though, isn't just a loss for Chavez; a percentage of the firework sales was meant for the Paradise Honors High School girls' softball team.

"New equipment because we're a really small school. We don't have that much, so we need it a lot," said Sydney, a softball player at PHHS.   

"Hearing that someone just kind of took money away from us and the people selling the fireworks, it's just kind of rude. It's kind of sad, especially right after the holidays, too," said Caitlyn, another softball player.

Chavez had anticipated being able to hand over about $1,500 to the program. Now he says it will be more like $500 unless they can get the items back.

"We told the officer we're not looking to prosecute, we're just looking to get the stuff back," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Glendale police.