Grinch steals Christmas from St. Paul family

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Santa Claus may come down the chimney, but a thief came in through an unlocked window and stole Enjoli Rosas' Christmas right out from under the tree.

The crime happened when the St. Paul mom and her two boys were away from home Thursday.

"Matthew came and looked [under the tree] and said, 'The Grinch stole our Christmas!' Right there I was so hurt I just felt so uncomfortable and violated," Rosas said.

The thief left their big TV, but took a PlayStation and Wii console, along with every Christmas present Rosas had bought since summer. She said they included things her boys needed, like winter boots and things they wanted, like Beats headphones for her older son Dmitrius, "and a huge robot for Matthew who has been asking for a robot for two Christmases now."

Police came out and filed a burglary report. Rosas said the next day, the two officers returned, with four gifts they bought for the boys.

"It just dropped my heart. I was like I'm so thankful. It's beautiful," Rosas said.

Rosas wants to alert people in the West Side neighborhood of the burglary so that they don't get their gifts stolen, too.

She said lock those windows and, "You have to have safety plans in place."

Rosas said she spent more than $900 on Christmas.

The only way she makes herself feel OK about the burglary is to believe the thief was not a Grinch but someone wanting a good Christmas, too.

"I told the boys Christmas miracles happen in the strangest ways and that might have been a miracle for another family that needed the presents," Rosas said.

Rosas said instead of focusing on presents, she and her boys will focus on giving back. The family plans to volunteer somewhere to serve a Christmas meal to others.


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