Christmas gifts stolen from Glendale family's home

GLENDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- A Glendale family was left devastated on Tuesday, after someone stole most of their Christmas gifts from underneath the tree.

Less than 24 hours later, however, Glendale Police restored the family's spirit by replacing some of the stolen presents.

Richard Moreno says he hears stories of people getting robbed, especially during the holiday season, all the time. Never in a million years, however, he thought it would happen to him.

"How could they do this, you know?" said Moreno. "I know everyone struggles around Christmastime. It's not right at all."

Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Moreno and his son were out running errands when he received a call from home.

"I got a call from my wife saying that a friend of ours was walking to the door, running with presents," said Moreno.

Moreno says the door was unlocked during that time. While the wife quickly went upstairs, the culprits knelt down by the door, Stacking up, one by one, the Christmas gifts that were under the tree. The suspects ran away with about 10 to 12 gifts

"We tried looking for them," said Moreno. "By the time we got here, Glendale Police were here. They didn't find anything."

Like any burglary victim would be, the Morenos were devastated, especially with Christmas less than two weeks away.

"I went to work. I had a really long day today. I just kept thinking about my daughter's sad face and my grandsons," said Moreno.

Less than 24 hours later, the family's holiday spirit was restored, as Glendale Police surprised them with gifts outside of their home.

"They came and they brought presents for the boys and the girls," said Moreno. "They replaced what they could out of their own kindness of their heart."

Moreno also had a message for the thieves.

"You're gonna get caught sooner or later," said Moreno. "No family deserves this."

The incident took place near Ocotillo and 44th Avenue in Glendale. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Glendale Police.