Thieves steal gifts and cash from car
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.