Stolen trailer full of toys recovered in Sunrise

A stolen trailer containing toys intended for children with cancer was recovered late Monday night in Sunrise.

It’s a huge sigh of relief for Sylvia Vanni, who is the co-founder of the Mystic Force Foundation.

The trailer used by the organization was stolen from her driveway at her North Miami home early Monday morning. Vanni took to social media and created fliers, desperately hoping someone would come forward. 

Vanni said she received huge support online.

Tips led police to a home in Sunrise, where they found the trailer and many of the toys.

“When we arrived there, the toys were not in the trailer, but we waited until about 2:30 in the morning when Sunrise police obtained a search warrant for a shed that’s in the backyard,” Vanni told Local 10 News. “When we opened the shed, the majority of the toys were there.”

The Mystic Force Foundation helps raise money for cancer research. It also collects toys for children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Vanni made her mission to help children with cancer after losing her own son, who died of stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

Sunrise police arrested Dudley Merus, 30, and a teenager. They face charges of grand theft.

Vanni said the toys will be given to children who are battling cancer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital next month.

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Fire at Sunrise shopping center sends heavy smoke into air

Sunrise Fire Rescue was called to a  shopping center on Monday to put out a fire that sent heavy black smoke in the air.

The fire took place at about 6:20 p.m. in  a shopping center near Northwest 44th Street and 77th Terrace.

A concrete fire wall that separated the business from the shopping center  “did its job” and helped contained the fire, Battalion Chief Chris Sorrentino said.

One man who works at a nearby auto repair shop was injured due to the fire and taken to Florida Medical Center.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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Detectives seek help finding Tamarac man, 85, with dementia

Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in finding an 85-year-old Tamarac man with dementia who left his home Friday.

Edgar Boyer may have become disoriented, the Sheriff’s Office said. Boyer is believed to have been driving his beige 2003 Honda Accord with Florida tag Y87IBG.

Boyer is described by the Sheriff’s Office as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds with a medium frame, gray hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Regional Communications at 954-764-HELP (4357). Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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