Police chip in to replace family’s stolen Christmas gifts, family pooch still missing

Police chip in to replace family’s stolen Christmas gifts, family pooch still missing

Tampa police have taken on the role of Santa and delivered gifts to two children after thieves broke into their home and stole their presents.

When single mother Melody Russell returned from work the day before Christmas Eve, she found her back door open and her children’s presents – and 12-week-old puppy – gone.

Police haven’t been able to find Honey the puppy yet, but about 20 officers and dispatchers clubbed together to replace the missing gifts.

The replacement gifts for Marissa, 7, and Marcus, 5, were delivered on Christmas Eve in a move that left 33-year-old Ms Russell overwhelmed.

‘I couldn’t stop smiling. I didn’t have words,’ she told the Tampa Bay Times.

District supervisor Lieutenant Yvette Flynn said she was proud of her team’s efforts.

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