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Thief Steals Christmas from a Local Family

While it might be hard to believe that a thief would actually steal wrapped Christmas gifts meant for others, police are urging residents to not take their personal safety for granted.

Winchester, Va. - It’s been a rough holiday season so far for one woman in Winchester. She says she has nothing to give her family after a thief took all of her gifts.

"On December 14 just before 9 a.m. officers were called to the 200 block of Sharp Street to the report of a burglary from a residence,” said Lauren Cummings, Public Information Officer for Winchester Police. “When a homeowner got home, she had been gone for about two hours, she found her residence had been broken into and that items had been stolen. Specifically presents that were under her tree, and also a gaming system had been taken."

Since there have been no reported witnesses, Winchester police have no description to help them catch the thief that stole the Christmas gifts.

"It appears that the person gained access to the residence through a window, at this time, but it is still under investigation," said Cummings.

WHAG spoke with the resident, who declined to be interviewed on camera. She told us that the burglar took gifts that were meant for her family members. She couldn't recall the total value of the items, but many of the gifts she said she had purchased on Black Friday.

"At this time we're still looking into the case, and looking for anybody with information to call crime solvers," Cummings said.

While it might be hard to believe that a thief would actually steal wrapped Christmas gifts meant for others, police are urging residents to not take their personal safety for granted.

"If you turn your light on during the evening hours, burglars don't want to be seen, so that might make your house less of a target. So just make sure you're taking the precautions to make yourself less of a target toward these crimes," Cummings said.

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