Thieves take away Christmas for local family

Posted at: 12/18/2012 9:58 PM
Updated at: 12/18/2012 10:18 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Salvador Sanchez
Photo: Salvador Sanchez

Salvador Sanchez spent all year saving money to make a special Christmas for his family, but on Monday afternoon that was stripped away.

"My door just pushed open. Came home, noticed that half of the presents under my tree were gone, my TV was cocked to the side. (I) ran up stairs, four TVs were missing from up there," Sanchez said.

Salvador could not believe the damage. Televisions, an Xbox 360, a brand new Playstation 3, and other extravagent gifts gone in a matter of hours.

Burglars broke open the rear sliding-glass door, tore through his home and left out the front door. Sanchez immediately called the police and filed a report, but he said the officer did not take any fingerprints and has not heard if APD has any suspects in the case.

Salvador said his three girls, ages 8, 9 and 10, will be home for Christmas on Friday. He has until then to figure out an explanation about what happened to some of their gifts.

"I don't know how I would tell them, other than some bad people broke into our home and took our Christmas away," he said.

The burglars took thousands of dollars in presents, equating to a year's worth of saving for this Christmas.

"We stood in line for Black Friday for their Leapster iPad thing for hours. I mean, outside in the cold," Sanchez said.

Although Sanchez still has a few presents to give to his kids, the violation of being burglarized still haunts him and his family.

"Came into my house and stole from me and my family, and, most importantly, they took from my kids," he said.

If you'd like to help the Sanchez family, Salvador Sanchez can be reached by phone at 505-328-2930.