Money box from Kiwanis chocolate sales stolen in Los Osos

A cash box containing an estimated $1,000 dollars was stolen Monday from a candy booth set up by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Osos at the Los Osos Post Office.

The money came from the sale of See’s Candies. The club uses the funds to benefit local organizations for young people, such as Little League baseball, Special Olympics, Tolosa Children’s Dental Care and scholarships for Morro Bay High School students.

Warren Lilly, a Kiwanis coordinator, said the volunteer salesman on duty briefly left the cash box unattended at the end of his shift about 5 p.m. while putting unsold chocolate in his car. The thief grabbed the box that contained money raised that day.

Lilly said the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and is warning anyone who wrote a check out to the organization at the Post Office on Monday to be mindful of fraud and alert their bank. The Sheriff’s Office didn’t return a call and email for comment on this story.

Lilly said Kiwanis holds its chocolate sales annually during the holidays.

“The thief didn’t take money from us,” Lilly said. “Whoever did this stole from our community’s youth.”