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Police: Thief steals $200 worth of Christmas gifts in New Lenox

Gifts reportedly stolen from open garage during party

On Christmas Eve, a thief stole a programmable toy dog, headphones and a remote-controlled car that were meant to be gifts for children, police said.

About 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, New Lenox police had a report of a burglary involving the theft of Christmas gifts from a residence in the 1600 block of Terrence Drive.

A family reportedly discovered that toys for their children were missing as they began opening their gifts on Christmas Day, New Lenox Deputy Police Chief Louis Alessandrini said in an email.

The officers went to the residence on Terrence Drive, where they met with a complainant who alleged to the officers that someone entered their garage during a party that was held on Christmas Eve. The garage was left unlocked and open, police said.

About $200 worth of toys were stolen from the garage, according to a New Lenox police news release.

The theft allegedly occurred during a family party, Alessandrini said. The garage was left open to allow for guests to enter and leave during the Christmas Eve party, he said.

“A suspicious vehicle was seen in front of the victim’s house. The victim didn’t notice anything missing at that time, though,” Alessandrini said.

After the incident was reported to New Lenox police, they opened up an investigation into the alleged burglary. Alessandrini said they still are investigating the incident.

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