LAGRANGE, KY (WAVE) - The LaGrange Police Department is looking for the person responsible for snatching Christmas presents from the back seat of a car.
Shonda Piersey said her sister-in-law woke her up to tell her someone had broken into her car parked in front of the LaGrange home on Cedar Springs Parkway.
"I always park there. I never had a problem except for Christmas Eve,". Piersey said.
Piersey said the gifts had been in the car since Thursday. She said her husband, who is a Fort Campbell Staff Sergeant, drove from the Post to the home on Thursday with the presents in the backseat. Piersey said she wanted to surprise her kids, 15-year-old Shonele and 10-year-old R.J. and that was the reason she left the presents in the car. Piersey said the presents were wrapped and that the family had spent more than $1,000.
"It's kinda disgusting to tell you the truth," Piersey said.
Piersey said this was the last Christmas the kids would spend with their father before deploying in a couple of months. "This is why we got the most expensive gifts to surprise our kids and let them know that: 'you've been good this year'. This is going to be your big one and it was ruined," Piersey said.
There may be a glimpse of hope for the family. Whoever broke into the car, Piersey believes, may have left evidence behind, including a footprint and a drop of blood on a door handle. Regardless, she has a message for the person responsible.
"Give us our things back. Give my kids back their Christmas," she said. "It kinda reminds me of the Grinch who stole Christmas, you know. You take all the gifts, but you're not going to take our pride and the spirit of Xmas away," she said.
LaGrange police need your help. If you have any information call (502) 225-0444.
The one bright spot: friends and family helped the Piersey's, by getting the kids a couple of gifts -just in time for Christmas.