Christmas is just ten days away, but one family is trying to bring the Christmas spirit back to their home after it was burglarized twice in less than a month.
Kori Hanks and her family were returning from vacation last weekend when they realized something wasn’t right, “The first thing I noticed was in my bedroom, my bed was dis-shoveled and it had been made when we left. And I looked in our kitchen and all the kitchen cabinets were open, and then we knew right then that someone had been in our home.”
Hanks, immediately called the police.
“The officer stated that this is actually very common in our town right now. He actually said welcome to the holidays,” Hank told KLFY’s Carly Laing.
The thief or thieves stole around $1,500 worth of items including two television sets, jewelry, and even Christmas presents from under the family tree.
Hanks says some of the items stolen can be replaced, but certain items hold sentimental value.
“What’s hurtful and bothers me the most is the things that can’t be replace liked my family heirlooms, the pieces of jewelry that my little girls would have gotten from me that I got from my grandmother,” Hanks said.
This is not the first time the family has been burglarized. In November, $2,000 worth of tools were stolen from her husband’s work truck.
Abbeville Police Chief of Investigations, LT. David Hardy says the holidays are a busy time for the police, “Criminals are really active at this time of the year. Unfortunately, criminals shop too, just not at stores, it’s usually at someone else’s property.”
Hardy reminds people to take extra precaution during the holidays.
Be sure to lock your home and vehicles at all times, and to make sure that all your valuable items are hidden.