Burglars Steal Family's Christmas

By: Kari Huston
By: Kari Huston

Laura Witmer arrived home Wednesday night to find her dog severely beaten, her house ransacked and all her Christmas presents stolen from under the tree.

“They didn't even unwrap them,” Witmer says. “They just took everything and figured they'd unwrap them later.”

Police believe burglars cased this single mother's house, got down her family's routine, and then waited for Laura to leave on an errand at 5:30 Wednesday night.

How do police think the burglars got a big screen TV out of Laura’s house without people in the neighborhood seeing that? “They opened the garage door, backed a truck in and closed the garage door so no one could see what was going on,” Laura explains.

The only evidence left behind was a crutch they brought to beat her Jack Russell Terrier, Tido. “His mouth was bleeding because he was trying to fight back,” says Laura. “He's a hero. He really tried hard for a little animal to fight them off.”

The Witmer family needs your help to find these brazen burglars. Their house is located in the 23 thousand block of County road 18, just outside of Elkhart. If you passed by there between 5:30 and 6:30 this past Wednesday night, and you saw anything suspicious, you're urged to contact the Elkhart County Police.

If the Witmer’s possessions are never recovered insurance will help replace some of them. “With the.. (sobs). I'm sorry,” Laura says. “With the depreciation and stuff, it doesn't look like we're going to get a whole lot back out of it. The kids are understanding. It's all about Christ anyway.”

And if burglars will steal Christmas from a scared single mother, police wonder who will be next?

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