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San Diego police help save Christmas for Clairemont family

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – San Diego police officers and the community fight a Grinch who tried to steal a Clairemont family's Christmas.

On Saturday, a family living in a small bedroom apartment in the 5300 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard reported a burglary. They didn't ask for anything but only wanted to report to the San Diego Police Department's Northern Division their presents worth a $1,000 were stolen from the under the tree. 

“It's heartbreaking everyone remembers how it is to be a young kid and it's Christmas time,” said Alex Miller, SDPD Police Investigative Services.

The civilian officer was the first to respond to the reported burglary and says the family looked heartbroken. Their home had been ransacked with only the electronic gifts unwrapped and stolen from under the tree. Clothes and socks were untouched.

Miller was so upset to see a family traumatized he rallied officers and the community in the SDPD Northern Division who went beyond expectations.

“All of these police officers got together to re buy all of the Christmas gifts that were stolen,” said Captain Jerry Hara. “We were able to raise in just one or two days $3,000 in gifts and prizes.”

Through a translator the mother told the officers thank you. 

One officer who wants to remain anonymous spent $600, a Sony Playstation and Nintendo were purchased along with passes to SeaWorld, The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and LEGOLAND. Officers also raised $1,200 cash which was donated to the parents and the 9-yeard-old twins and 13-year-old son.

“The fact that my family worked so hard to buy us the presents they have saved a lot of money and it was taken,” said 13-year-old Daniel Emigdio.

His little brother was more concerned about his stolen security than his stolen presents.

“I felt scared because they might come in again,” said Aldo Emigdio.

The San Diego police captain presented Aldo with a plaque of bravery and courage.

“I want to give this to him and have him know that we are always going to be watching over him to be courageous,” said Hara.

The 9-year-old says this gives him a sense of pride.

“I got promoted to a cop (before) I was a little kid, the littlest kid in the family,” said Aldo Emigdio.

Miller says he didn't expect this reaction and support but is thankful for a generous police department and community for doing the right thing.

“With everything happening out there in the country, this is the least we can do to show the public that we are there to help you,” said Miller.

The mother showed her gratitude by cooking tamales for the dozen of officers who arrived with gifts.

The suspects have not been caught. Officer say they continue to patrol the area to keep the family safe. 

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