Christmas was ruined for Stephanie Brooks by some burglars who didn’t care that the presents they stole from under her tree were meant for her baby. But that’s not even the worst part of her story.
Stephanie is a second-year nursing student who wasn’t home when crooks somehow got into the home she rents and took TV’s, cameras and computers worth thousands of dollars. There was no sign of forced entry, so Stephanie is convinced the burglars knew her somehow.
“I feel like I know what they were doing and where they were and took off with them,” said Stephanie.
Insurance will cover most of what was stolen, but the crooks stole something more precious than presents. They stole Stephanie’s wedding dress. The dress she was going to wear when she marries her boyfriend. She cries when she talks about it.
“I really want that back really badly…that’s important to me and I haven’t even gotten to wear it yet,” said Stephanie.
Besides her wedding dress, the burglars stole Stephanie’s sense of security. She didn’t sleep the night after the break in. But she says it’s that dress that’s really irreplaceable and it’s what makes this Christmas season crime all the worse.
“I can’t replace that. I can buy a new one, but it’s not going to be the same as the first one, I can buy an identical dress but it won’t be the same.”