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