December 20, 2006
Thieves tried to steal Christmas from a Louisa County family, but thanks to the kindness of others this may be a Christmas they will never forget.
After months of shopping last week, all the Christmas gifts a local, single hard working mother of three saved to buy, were gone, stolen from her home one day while she was at work.
“All the kids, especially the middle one Brandon said ‘mommy, it’s okay, just wrap up some Kool- Aid’. It doesn’t matter as long as we are together,” said burglary victim Robin Robinson.
The Grinch it seemed had stolen Christmas from the Robinson family. That is until the Louisa County Sheriff’s Department stepped in.
Tuesday, they surprised Robin. They told her she should come by the station, that they may have recovered some of her items and they would need her to identify them. When she arrived they screamed, “Merry Christmas!”
Robin crying said, “I don't know what to say.”
Working off a list of stolen items the officers investigating the crime played Santa. With the help of the department's chaplain and a local church the deputies replaced every gift. They even included a few extra things like a special pilots watch for Robin's son who wants to be a Navy pilot.
Unable to hold back the tears she exclaimed, “Oh my God, thank you all so, so much!”
“As adults work all year to give a good Christmas to our kids and when it’s stolen, it’s traumatic and can break someone's heart, but I think this restored a lot of what was taken,” said Louisa County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain Ray Sumner.
The thieves could steal gifts, but they couldn't steal Christmas.
“It's unbelievable how people helped me out in this county. It’s perfect. It’s going to be a perfect Christmas,” said Robinson.
The donations keep coming in and Robin says the kids have no idea about all the gifts. They still think there's nothing. So won't they be surprised come Christmas morning.
As for the thief, he hasn't been caught. If you have any information that can help sheriff’s deputies, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-346-1466.