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Theives Steal Belongings and Presents, But Not Christmas Spirit

DAYTON -- A grinch broke into an East Dayton home, and stole almost everything of value inside, including hundreds of dollars worth of gifts, just two days before Christmas.

The couple lived in their home for six years, and are now moving out because of what happened.

But despite losing their possessions and home, they didn't lose hope that things will get better.

"This is how they actually broke in," said Heidi Lairson, victim.

Heidi Lairson points out how the bad guys broke her back door window, reached around to the lock, and then opened her door.

"I just never thought it would happen to us," said Lairson.

She comforts her dog, Jasmine.

The break-in was traumatizing to both of them.

"I came home and saw everything in disarray drawers, and things missing, and memorabilia, cameras with pictures that I'll never get again," she said.

The only things the thieves left behind were a TV and receiver.

Lairson's boyfriend came home in the middle of the burglary.

"What we have isn't much," she said, "Or what we had wasn't much for some people but it was for us."

What's left of her belongings now sits in boxes in her empty living room, but her Christmas spirit isn't broken.

"There's a lot of people still pulling for us so we're still truly blessed even on a Christmas like this," said Lairson.

And as she gets ready to leave her home for good she has some advice on this Christmas Eve.

"I was only two days away from Christmas and it happened to me, so it can happen to anybody and I just want them to know that," she said.

Lairson knows the presents can be replaced, but by leaving she can get the one thing she wants the most.

"All I need is peace of mind and that's exactly why I'm leaving and that's probably the best Christmas gift I can get," said Lairson.

Dayton Police did come out to the home and dusted for finger prints.

So far though, no suspects and no arrests.

 
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