A New York suburban family in White Plains lost all of their presents in a Grinch-inspired theft that took place Wednesday Dec. 17. For everyone who lost their hope in humanity, do not panic, all is not lost. The police team who responded to the 911 couldn’t just stand there without taking immediate action. They came up with a solution that changed Cuenca-Orzuna family’s Christmas.
When officers were called to inspect a burglary on one Ferris Avenue apartment, they didn’t expect to find that the thief or thieves took all the presents from under the Christmas tree. Even the piggy banks were stolen.
The event took place somewhere between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. while father Rolgelio Orzuna was at his job, working as a cook and mother Maria Cuenca was out finishing errands. When she returned to her home, her heart nearly stopped. She found the door wide open, all the lights turned on and their clothes lying all over the floor. To her shock, she noticed that all the presents for her children and three young cousins were gone along with the children’s savings.
Detective German Lopez decided he had to do something about it. “We couldn’t let these kids go without a Christmas”, he said. While investigating the burglary together with Captain Joe Castelli, they both decided to start campaign to raise money for gifts. They asked the union for help and their response was nothing but positive.
The two officers raised $750. Donations were made from the President of the White Plains Police Benevolent Association, David Riley, from David Chong, Public Safety Commissioner and Police chief James Bradley. All together they raised $1500 worth of gift cards along with numerous presents.
Riley was very impressed by this event saying that burglary during Christmas was bad enough, but to steal presents from seven children was something hard to understand. He made the following statement:
“We wanted to make sure there was a happy ending and a happy Christmas for this family. To see the smiles and their faces this morning made it all worth it.”
The Cuenca-Ozuna family was very touched and grateful for the donations the two officers managed to raise.
Chong considers that this event will relieve some of the bad publicity that police officers had received in the past few months. He tried to raise public awareness by saying that this was just one of the things officers do each day.
Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the Detective Division at 914-422-6200, as there are no suspects at this time.
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