Police, Firefighters Replace Covina Family’s Stolen Christmas Presents

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The Covina Police Department posted this picture after they gave four children Christmas presents. Theirs were stolen, along with the family's vehicle, on Christmas Eve.

A Covina family whose holiday gifts were taken when a thief stole their car Wednesday had presents under their tree for their children Christmas Day thanks to the help of local police and firefighters.

The unidentified family of six had reported their vehicle stolen from the 400 block of West Front Street (map) on Christmas Eve, according to a news release from the Covina Police Department.

Inside the vehicle were the wrapped gifts that the parents had purchased for their four children, whose ages range from 7 weeks to 10 years old.

The parents hid them in the trunk and were going to place them under the tree after the kids fell asleep, a Facebook post from the Covina Police Department’s stated.

After learning about the stolen presents, Covina police officers collaborated with Station 154 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and, with the community’s help, were able to get new gifts for the family in time for the holiday, according to the release.

The presents were delivered by midnight on Christmas Eve to ensure the kids had gifts to open the next day. The haul included two new bikes, the Facebook post read.

The officers and firefighters “were honored to deliver toys donated by our community to a young family whose Christmas gifts were stolen 12/24, along with the family car,” according to a post on the Covina police’s Instagram account. “This grateful, wonderfully polite family had Christmas thanks to our charitable community.”

Police were still searching for the family’s stolen vehicle on Thursday.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Covina Police Department Detective Bureau at 626-384-5628 or the watch commander 626-384-5665 and refer to case 14-6870.

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