Thieves nearly dashed Christmas morning for an Ottawa family when they stole the gifts right from under their tree, but Ottawa police stepped in to play Santa Claus.
A Grinch broke in to an east Ottawa home Thursday night and made off with presents for the family’s three children and 10 grandchildren. The family’s car, TV and assorted electronic appliances also were looted.
The family had planned a large holiday get-together and dinner, and relatives had brought over their gifts before the theft.
In the spirit of Christmas, the police’s communications and patrol divisions spent Christmas Eve collecting donations and wrapping gifts. “We wanted to make sure that they didn’t miss Christmas,” said Ottawa police spokesperson Helen Harper.
She said “the family was in tears and very grateful” when officers dropped off about 20 wrapped gifts and about $600 Saturday afternoon.
Police are looking for one or more suspects.