Burglar steals Christmas presents from Shelbyville family twice

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SHELBY COUNTY (Dec. 17, 2014)-- A Shelbyville family is without Christmas gifts this year, after at least one burglar broke in and left with their presents on two different occasions.

Denise Barber and her family turned to prayer on Tuesday, as they figure out how to fix Christmas.

"You can still see the fingerprints from where they lifted the window," said Barber.

Barber says her Christmas spirit has taken a hit.

"The things we worked so hard for were just taken away," said barber.

The Christmas presents were stashed in Barber's detached garage, she says somebody broke in and stole them while she was away at a Thanksgiving dinner.

"There was a good $800-$900 worth of gifts in there," said Barber.

Luckily, Barber was able to replace the gifts. She placed them under the tree in the hopes of them being more secure.

A few days later, someone attempted to break-in while Barber was home.

"This door, right here, someone was wiggling the handle and it was like they were taking a card and trying to get in," said Barber.

She called the police and the would-be burglar ran off. The person(s) responsible returned on Sunday, stealing the Christmas gifts for the second time.

"When it got done again, I'm like, 'I give up, there's nothing I can do,'" said Barber.

The thieves went as far as stripping the tree of its ornaments.

"They opened Christmas presents on my bed," said David Tingle, a Shelbyville burglary victim.

Tingle lives just blocks from Barber. Presents and electronics were taken from his home Monday afternoon.

"I came home and my house was picked through," said Tingle.

If you have any information on these robberies, call Shelbyville police at (317) 392-5108.

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