DENVER — It’s the season of giving, but a Denver family of five sadly found out it’s also one of taking after someone broke into their home in the 3200 block of W. Gill Pl. Wednesday and stole all of their Christmas presents and rent money.
“I was upset,” says victim Bernice Valdez. “I was sad.”
The Valdez family’s Christmas Tree has all the trimmings–except for the most important.
“I worked hard to provide the presents for my family…all of a sudden they get taken away,” says Bernice’s husband, Raymond.
Thieves broke into their house through the kitchen window and stole the presents for 11-year-old Raymond, 8-year-old Nevaeh and 3-month old Genesis.
They also took next month’s rent.
“I told my kids they probably are not going to have a Christmas until I get my taxes done,” says Raymond.
“I think times are just hard,” Bernice says. “Having a newborn, I had to stop working a while.
It’s tough times for the family financially and otherwise.
On Thursday, the family went to the funeral of a relative who was murdered outside of an Adams County nightclub on Dec. 8. They also attended the visitation of Raymond’s grandmother, who was buried Friday.
“It’s just so sad. I don’t know how to help her. I don’t know what to do to help her,” says Bernice’s best friend Amanda Reyes.
Reyes is beside herself–for a family victimized in more ways than one.
“What hurts me is my daughter did not want to sleep in her room by herself. Last night my son slept on the floor,” says Bernice.
Police say it’s that time of year. Thieves know people are spending money.
“You’ve really got to take precautions, lock your windows, take precautions to keep your home safe,” says Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
“It felt sad to me because my brother didn’t get Christmas presents,” says Nevaeh. “Hopefully, Santa Claus will be able to bring us some.” “I just hope they catch the guy,” says Raymond.
Police say the best way to help catch these burglars is to be a good neighbor and call police if you see suspicious behavior around someone’s home
That’s how they often catch these crooks.
The burglar or burglars somehow cut themselves while at the home, leaving behind a lot of DNA evidence. Police say it will take months before it can be processed to see if it matches anyone in the state’s criminal database.
FOX31 Denver has set up a fund to help the family replace its Christmas gifts. You can donate to the “Valdez Christmas Fund” at any Colorado Key Bank.