Armed robbers steal Christmas presents from 9-year-old boy, grandparents

"The family believes the suspects saw the presents and acted on a whim," officer says.
By Evan Bleier  |  Dec. 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Two armed gunmen entered a home in Forest Park, Ga., on Monday and stole electronics and Christmas presents from a 9-year-old boy and his grandparents.

The men entered through an unlocked door while the boy was sitting on the couch playing video games. One man went through the house taking things while the other held the family captive.

"One of them had a pair of scissors at my wife's back," Charles Campbell told WXIA-TV. The men made off with all of the presents that were meant for the young boy in addition to other household items and electronics.

"The family hear a phone call by suspects asking somebody to pull up in the driveway," said Lt. Wesley Elliott. "They heard the car pull up, the car door shut, then suspects were gone."

The Campbells had spent months saving for the gifts All told, the thieves got away with some $800 worth of gifts and other items.

It’s possible that the men saw the Christmas lights shining through a window and made a quick decision to go after the gifts. "The family believes the suspects saw the presents and acted on a whim," Lt. Elliott said.

No one was hurt during the robbery but police do not have any suspect or details about the getaway car.


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