Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Gifts stolen from under tree

Thieves follow senior into home, take Christmas loot

  • Print
Despite her misfortune, the 80-year-old says she does not want help, and she suggests anyone wanting to help should make charitable donations instead.

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image

Despite her misfortune, the 80-year-old says she does not want help, and she suggests anyone wanting to help should make charitable donations instead. Photo Store

Police are searching for a pair of thieves who stole the presents an 80-year-old Winnipeg woman had carefully wrapped for her family from under her Christmas tree.

The woman, who asked her name not be used to protect her safety, said the suspects also took the stockings -- already stuffed with gifts -- that she had made by hand for her children in the 1960s.

"They were stockings that the kids had since they were small," the woman said. "I got really upset when I realized they had taken them, too."

The woman had just returned to her Greensboro Square home in Fort Garry after grocery shopping. She set her groceries down and went downstairs to quickly tend to her laundry. She said she didn't lock the door behind her.

When she came back upstairs, two men she didn't know were standing in her living room.

In addition to the presents, including the ones for her three grandsons, the suspects took her wallet and flat-screen television, she said.

The woman said when the two men noticed her, they ran from the living room and out the front door, knocking her into the hand railing of her basement stairs as they passed.

"I followed them to the front door," the woman said. "They were laughing as they jumped into the car."

The woman said one man got into the passenger side of a dark-blue or black SUV that had been backed into her driveway and the other man climbed into the back seat.

"They were all set to drive off," said the woman, who didn't get a good look at the driver and doesn't know whether it was a man or woman.

One of the two suspects who was in her living room is described as an Asian man with light-brown skin, medium-length brown hair and a moustache. He was wearing a brown winter parka with fur on the hood. The woman said she was overwhelmed and doesn't know what the second man who was in her living room looks like. She said she estimates they were both in their early 20s.

The woman said she wants to warn people to always immediately lock their doors behind them when returning to their homes after an outing.

The woman said she will be spending Christmas with her son and daughter. She isn't looking for donations or financial assistance and encourages anyone compelled to offer it to contribute to the Christmas Cheer Board or the Salvation Army.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact the west district crime unit at 204-986-2877 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS.

 

-- with files from Ruth Bonneville

roberta.bell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 22, 2013 A3

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

In the Key of Bart: Can’t It Be Nice This Time?

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A group of Horese pose for the camera in the early evening light at Southcreek Stables in Stl Norbert Wednessday. Sept  14, 2011 (RUTH BONNEVILLE) / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Winnipeg’s best friend the dragon fly takes a break at English Gardens in Assiniboine Park Wednesday- A dragon fly can eat  food equal to its own weight in 30 minutes-Standup photo- June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google