Woman’s Presents, Christmas Ham Taken By Thieves

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Just days before Christmas, a burglar robbed a north Columbus woman of everything – including her grandchildren’s gifts and her Christmas dinner.

Jacqueline Manter said that the base of her Christmas tree had been filled with wrapped toys until a Grinch stole them from her Broad Meadows Boulevard apartment while she was at work on Saturday night.

Manter said that her 1-year old granddaughter and her 4-year-old grandson were supposed to spend the night at her house opening presents.

“I had to call and cancel that, because I don’t have anything to give my grandkids or my children,” Manter said. “I just couldn’t believe it. The guy approached me when I was coming in and said he noticed that my window was open.”

Manter said that she immediately came into the bedroom of her apartment, because she felt a chill and said that she noticed a locked window had been forced open. She said that is how the burglar got into her home.

“I’m devastated,” Manter said. “It’s sickening. I just don’t understand why people do this.”

Thieves not only got away with presents, they also left with her TV and her Christmas dinner ham.

“I work hard. I worked 70 hours a week through the holidays, just so I could have a good Christmas for my kids, and now it’s gone and ruined,” Manter said.

According to Manter, police took a report but were not able to pull any fingerprints from her apartment.

She said that she now is concerned for other families this holiday season.

“I’m sure they’re out there getting as many people as they can, and that’s your concern,” Manter said. “They need to be stopped. We hear it all the time. Every day, somebody is getting robbed.”

Police said that they were asking residents to remain extra vigilant during the holiday week. They asked that residents keep an eye on their neighbors, reporting suspicious activity to Columbus police at 614-645-4545.

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