Grinch steals Christmas in Grays Creek

December 25, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Authorities in Cumberland County are hunting for a real-life Grinch who stole Christmas from three kids.Lani Smith says someone broke into their house Christmas night and stole her three children's Christmas presents. Smith has lived in the house on Belridge Drive for about four years. In less than four hours, someone broke in and did the unthinkable.

"We left the house last night and somebody came in and broke into our house and stole our kid's Christmas," Smith explained.

The family's tree is still up, but the packages and toys that were under it are all gone. Smith says the crooks took more than that.

"They broke in, took all the jewelry in the house - guns out of the bedroom - everything electronic that the kids got for Christmas- a Wii," said Smith.

As you might image, the Wii was the kid's favorite. After opening presents, the family went to Grandmom's house for dinner. Madeleine, 6 Rryan, 8, and 9-year-old Kolby are glad they took their hand-held video games with them. The family is worried about more than just the missing toys.

"As much as it hurts that all of our jewelry's gone, we're worried about the guns being out there on the street. And them not having what they had for Christmas," said Smith.

Smith says the crooks stole about $3,000 worth of stuff and they may not have insurance to cover it.

"I talked to the mortgage lady this morning and she said that if you don't directly ask for full coverage to cover the inside of your home, that more than likely you don't have it," Smith explained.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.


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