HOLIDAY HEIST: Burglar swipes presents from St. Paul home - KMSP-TV

HOLIDAY HEIST: Burglar swipes presents from St. Paul home

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Just days before Christmas, a greedy Grinch visited family in St. Paul, swiping not only the presents waiting under the tree, but also those that had been hidden away.

Enjoli Rosas is a single mother who worked hard to make sure her two sons would have a very merry Christmas, but when she came home on Thursday night, she walked into a holiday nightmare.

Rosas and her boys arrived to find their living room was in disarray. At first, the mother turned to her oldest son to see if he had taken the PlayStation upstairs.

"He's like, 'No?'" Rosas recalled. "He comes around and we're looking at the dusty little empty spot, and he's like, 'Where's the Wii?'"

Both were gone. In all, an estimated $2,000 worth of electronics and gifts -- some from under the tree and others hidden from the curious boys -- were stolen.

"I just stood stuck like, 'How am I going to fix this?'" Rosas told Fox 9 News.

Rosas watched as her youngest son, King Matthew, reacted to what he realized.

"He stood, standing right here, and said, 'The Grinch stole Christmas!'" Rosas relayed. "I literally was fighting tears."

Meanwhile, her eldest -- 13-year-old Demitrius -- couldn't sleep.

"I was just really scared and angry -- enraged," he admitted.

Rosas also had a hard time sleeping that night. She has only lived on the Morton Street neighborhood block for a little more than a year.

"There's 17 windows on this floor. I thought that was pretty. I thought, 'Oh! I can put curtains up! I can do this! I can do that!' I never thought, 'Oh, that gives a whole bunch of opportunity for someone to come inside my home," she said.

Now, she wonders who could have possibly broken into her front or kitchen windows.

"It makes me think: Were you watching me? Did you know my routine? Do you know me?" Rosas asked the thief. "If you know me, I don't think you would've done that."

Yet, there is a little holiday hope for the family. The St. Paul police officers who took the report on Thursday came back on Friday.

"Both of them came up the stairs with presents in their hand," Rosas said.

An anonymous donor also sent $150 in Target gift cards.

"I was so touched," Rosas said. "I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' Huge smiles on the kids' faces."

Even so, Demitrius Rosas is holding out hope that the burglars who stole his family's Christmas will realize the damage they've done.

"They should feel it in their heart," he said. "They do know what they did was bad."

Too help keep the holiday spirit alive for her sons, Rosas plans to take them to volunteer at St. Jude's on Christmas. After all, she says giving, not receiving, is what the holiday is all about.

As they continue to investigate the case, St. Paul police urge everyone to visit their website to get some crime prevention and safety tips.

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