YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A woman with three children came home to discover her apartment ransacked and presents stolen from under her Christmas tree.
Police were called about 6:30 p.m. Monday to the 2700 block of Hammaker Street on reports of a burglary.
A woman at the house said she left about 5:30 p.m. with her three children and when she returned, her house had been ransacked and several presents were missing from underneath her Christmas tree.
Ceera Brown said she was only gone for an hour.
“When I came in, there was popcorn all over the floor, footprints leading up to the the tree, gift wrap paper from them unwrapping all the gifts. [They] thrown it all over the living room. Basically picking and choosing what they wanted to take,” she said.
Items that were taken include an iPhone 6, two tablets and at least one toy, but she was not able to adequately determine the extent of what was missing because the presents were wrapped.
Police checked a back window that was not locked. Brown told them that the lock doesn’t work.
The family isn’t a stranger to bad circumstances surrounding Christmas and this situation is worse than the last.
Brown said last year, on December 23, her home caught fire and her family lost everything.
“From clothes, to shoes, to furniture, we lost everything. So that probably would’ve been the worst. This is harder because it’s like somebody intruded my home, where my children lay their heads, it makes me uncomfortable.”
Brown said her three children, ages 9, 8 and 6, don’t deserve anything to ruin their Christmas — let alone a second year in a row.
“I’m not going to ruin their spirits due to things that are going on right now or the things that happened last year. I’m not going to ruin their spirits. I’m going to stay in good spirits and still enjoy Christmas with them,” said Brown.
Youngstown Police said they will deliver presents for the kids on Thursday.