Not so happy holidays; two families' Christmas presents stolen during separate burglaries

Not so happy holidays; two families' Christmas presents stolen during separate burglaries

Burglars in Orange reportedly stole Christmas presents from two families during separate weekend incidents.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department, officers responded to a residence in the 3400 block of Bowling lane at about 9:50 p.m. on Dec. 18 in reference to a break-in at the home. The female resident told police that when she returned home from being gone, she entered her home to discover several rooms of the house had been rifled through and various items were scattered about the domicile.

After speaking with the victim, Officer Logan Holland checked the house to make sure the intruder was not still on the premises. In his report, he states that he observed the sliding glass door on the kitchen area to have been damaged - the intruders' entry point.

The victim reported that thieves stole clothing, shoes and approximately 20 wrapped Christmas presents stowed in the closet. The value of the stolen items is unknown.

The very next day, another Orange residence fell victim to burglary. This time the Christmas bandits didn't stop with the presents; they even destroyed the family's decorated tree under which the gifts were placed.

OPD Officer Marcus Bernard responded to the report of a burglary of a habitation in the 2300 block of 8th Street at about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. The victim told the officer she and her children had been gone most of the day, and when they returned home found their resident in disarray with various items missing from around the house, including the Christmas gifts. Thieves had apparently broken in through a bedroom window, reports Officer Bernard, stealing bicycles, four televisions, and various other items before making their escape.

Both burglaries remain under investigation. OPD Captain Cliff Hargrave said the two incidents appear to be unrelated.