Dec 15, 2010 7:05 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Christmas Gifts Stolen

In Acadia Parish, almost $500 worth of gifts is gone. It's similar to the famous Dr. Suess story, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but this story is all too real for one family.

Kaylin Dugas lives in a new subdivision in Rayne with her four children, all under the age of 7. Saturday, Dugas says she came home to find that her home had been burglarized. The single mom says someone broke in through her daughter's bedroom window, and stole every gift that was under her Christmas tree.

"Christmas is ruined," said Dugas. "All the gifts was just for my children. I don't know what to do cause I don't have money to replace it."

Investigators say the neighborhood has security cameras on the street light poles. But, they say they were not working the night of the burglary. Detectives say unfortunately incidents like Dugas' are not that uncommon.

"Around the holidays everyone knows there's gifts around, lot of electronics and stuff like that," said Detective Ray Lanthier with Rayne Police. "So, we have a lot of break-ins around Christmas."

Lanthier also says it's not likely that Dugas will ever see her gifts again.

"Most of these items won't be pawned. There's new items so they're going to be given as gifts to other people. But, we'll do the best we can to recover the items."

"The damage is already done," said Dugas. "I don't know if my children are going to have a Christmas."



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