Thieves steal Christmas gifts from single mothers car trunk.

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“I called 911,” she said. “I was told they will not even take a report
on that because it wasn't an in-progress crime, and I wasn't hurt.”


She said she went online at tulsapolice.com and filed a report to support her insurance claim.

A single mother who had been buying her children's Christmas toys since July found the gifts gone and her car filled with garbage.
 
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Published: November 29, 2010

CLAREMORE — Christine Willhoite-Day probably never will know the name of the Grinch who stole her children's Christmas. Gifts she had begun buying in July were all stolen from the trunk of her vehicle while she attended a birthday party in Tulsa.
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“It was a crappy day,” she said of the Friday night she found garbage in place of gifts in her automobile.

Willhoite-Day is executive administrative assistant for the Rogers County commissioners. She had been away from home that week attending the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma conference in Norman.

On the way back to Claremore, she stopped for a birthday party at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa.

It was Nov. 19. She parked in a well-lit area on 5th and Cheyenne.

“I left my Garmin in the window not even thinking about it,” she said.

She thinks the GPS may have attracted the thief.

The thief apparently used a cinder block found at the scene to break into a window. The Garmin was gone, as were all the other contents of the car, including a few toys belonging to her three children that had been left in the back seat.

The thieves even stole the suitcase full of dirty clothes she'd worn at the convention.

The thieves popped the trunk, and that's where they hit the jackpot.

Preparing for her first Christmas as a single parent, Willhoite-Day had begun her Christmas shopping early. The trunk was full of unwrapped gifts still in their boxes along with the receipts.

“My kids snoop at my house so I left everything in the trunk thinking this was the safest place for them not to do that,” Willhoite-Day said.

“I called 911,” she said. “I was told they will not even take a report on that because it wasn't an in-progress crime, and I wasn't hurt.”

She said she went online at tulsapolice.com and filed a report to support her insurance claim.

“It does not fall under your car policy,” she said. “It falls under your homeowners policy.”

The insurance company needs proof of what was stolen. Most of the receipts were with the toys. Some had been purchased with credit cards, but many were paid for in cash.

“We're going to find out what the true meaning of Christmas is this year,” she told her kids. “We're going to bake.”

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