Authorities recover toys taken from South Dakota legion hall

WAKONDA, S.D. (AP) – Clay County authorities say an Illinois man was responsible for the 2008 theft of thousands of dollars in antique toys from the Wakonda Legion Hall.

Sheriff Andy Howe says 32-year-old Michael Delehanty faces multiple burglary charges in Illinois and, in a plea agreement in that case, helped authorities in South Dakota find the missing toys and memorabilia. As a result, Howe says, Delehanty won’t be charged in Clay County.

The toys were taken during a two-day auction at the legion hall in October 2008. At the time, the items were valued at $50,000 to $60,000.

Howe says some of the toys were recovered from Delehanty’s home and others from people who bought them through eBay.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net

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