Thieves steal gifts and cash from car

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

GRAND­PAR­ENTS are ap­peal­ing for help to find £800 worth of Christ­mas gifts after they were stolen on Christ­mas Eve.

Lau­rence Hobbs was vis­it­ing his daugh­ter in Che­sham when the gifts were stolen.

He and his wife had parked in Spring­field Close, Wa­ter­side, Che­sham, on Christ­mas Eve and un­loaded the blue Rover, leav­ing six bags of gifts, con­tain­ing cash presents, wine and Cham­pagne in the boot.

On Christ­mas Day, the cou­ple went to make the trip to Mr Hobbs’ 102-year-old aunt and his son and six grand­chil­dren’s home to give them their presents, when they re­alised what had hap­pened.

He said: “When we came out on Christ­mas Day we some­one had ran­sacked it.

“Ev­ery­thing had been pulled out of the glove com­part­ment and the cen­tral area. They had thrown ev­ery­thing out and a few things were in the road.

“The Cham­pagne, money and presents were all gone.”

Mr Hobbs added: “We had to tell our grand­chil­dren and fam­ily that we were sorry but there are no presents this year.

“They un­der­stood of course, but it was hard.

“We had used our sav­ings, our pen­sion, to buy those gifts.

“Christ­mas is sup­posed to be a time of giv­ing not steal­ing.

“They took the kid­dies’ presents and that’s what it is all about, the kids.”

The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, which is thought to have taken place at about 10pm on Christ­mas Eve.


Mr Hobbs said: “[The thief] must have watched us un­load the car and waited for his op­por­tu­nity.”

A neigh­bour saw a man on Christ­mas Eve sit­ting in the road with boxes of drink and gift bags.

The man had smashed some bot­tles and sat in the road say­ing: “I have done some­thing wrong.”

The neigh­bour asked if he needed help, but he walked off.

He was thought to be be­tween 40-50 years old, dark hair, a large nose and had a dis­tinct creased line from his nose to his cheek.

Mr Hobbs said: “We are hop­ing some­one knows this man, or saw him so we can get back our presents.”

Call 101 if you have any in­for­ma­tion or Crimestop­pers anon­mousl on 0800 555 111.

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