A different scene unfolded Wednesday at the YMCA in Indio, compared to what took place a little more than a week before when a lone thief broke through the roof and stole money out of a toy cash register.
"It just caught us off guard to know that somebody must have been in such bad condition to do something like this," explained YMCA supervisor Yuliana Iniguez.
It was an act that was was caught on surveillance camera, which prompted KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 to do a story.
"We saw this online and we thought, 'Oh my gosh, that's our cash register,'" said Brent Geppert. "We couldn't believe somebody was actually stealing money from our cash register."
Geppert is a representative for Learning Resources, the manufacturer of the little red cash register. He told KESQ News Channel 3's and CBS Local 2's Katie Widner that once the company saw the KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 report, they decided something had to be done.
"We thought, 'Hey let's get out there and replace the money and also give some great hands-on learning toys for the kids," Geppert said. "We replaced the cash. We donated about $200 in play money."
In addition to bringing the toy money, Geppert showed up armed with three boxes full of classroom toys and learning materials.
"It was kind of like Christmas," said Geppert after showing the kids the loot. "I felt like Santa Claus a little bit, you know? I wish I could do this every day."
Roughly 40 items in all- there was something for everyone.
"I like the princess one, and clay-clay, and the unicorn," said Farrah.
"I love the telescope," exclaimed Adien.
Iniguez said the staff was grateful for the donation and she could tell the preschoolers were too, by the way their "eyes were twinkling."
She said the break-in was a blessing in disguise.
"Being from a state-funded program, (and) it being a low-income community," she explained. "That meant a lot to them."
Sgt. Dan Marshall with the Indio Police Department is spearheading the investigation. He said as of Wednesday afternoon, they were still looking for the culprit. If you recognize the burglar, or have information about the burglary, you are asked to call Valley Crimestoppers at 760-341-STOP.
Tipsters can remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward.