Burglars in Tampa stole presents for two children and the family dog. Tampa dispatchers and police Squad 204 bought new presents for the children and delivered them to the family. Photo courtesy the Tampa Police Department (Photo courtesy of WTSP)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Police officers and dispatchers chipped in to help a family after a burglar targeted their home just days before Christmas, but what the children miss most of all is still gone.
On Monday, the thief or thieves broke into the family's home on North 50th Street. Police say the Grinches took off with all of the presents that had been set aside for a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl. They also took the family dog, named Honey.
"She's mostly over here sometimes when my mom's at work and we're at school," said Marissa Garcia.
The 7-year-old described where Honey the dog is kept while the family is away from home.
Tampa dispatchers and police Squad 204 bought new presents for the children and delivered them to the family.
"When the officer met with the victim, she was crying profusely. You can tell she was very heartbroken ... single mom ... working," said Tampa Police spokesperson Yvette Flynn. "Those are our kids, those are our families, and that last thing we want is for a family to go without gifts during Christmas."
The thieves are still on the loose. If you have any information on the burglary or of Honey's whereabouts, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS. Individuals can remain anonymous are eligible for a cash reward.