Christmas Eve ripoff cannot shake faith of Minburn couple

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Thieves were using a small sled to make off with the household goods of a rural Minburn family Thursday night when they were apparently interrupted by their victims' return and fled the scene, according to Dallas County Deputy Sheriffs.

A local couple returned home about 9 p.m. Thursday to find thieves had broken in and robbed their rural Minburn home.

“We left this morning before the snow,” one of the victims said, “and we knew right away something was wrong when we returned and instead of seeing a pristine snow-covered driveway, we saw four-wheeler tracks had torn it up.”

A little ways farther up the drive and they came across one of their small sleds loaded down with goods from inside their house.

“That’s when we called the police,” the victim said.

Dallas County Deputy Sheriffs responded, first securing the premises and ensuring the safety of the victims. They then investigated the scene, noting footprints, tire tracks and the apparent exit route taken by the thieves.

“It looks like you spooked them,” a deputy sheriff told the victims. The deputy said evidence indicated the burglars left the scene in some haste through a steep and heavily wooded ravine.

The victims were silent as they inspected their belongings lying in the snow, including a violin in a case, a box with the family silverware and other items. They expected their Christmas presents, prepared in anticipation of their children’s visit Friday morning, were all stolen.

“But then this is why Jesus came into the world,” one of the victims said. “Because there is sin in the world. This is evidence of our sinful, broken world.”

One of the deputies said break ins of this kind typically increase around the holidays.

A rural Minburn couple inspects some of their households goods, apparently left behind by burglars who fled the scene. "This is why Jesus came into the world," said one of the victims.
A rural Minburn couple inspects some of their households goods, apparently left behind by burglars who fled the scene of the Christmas Eve robbery. “This is why Jesus came into the world,” said one of the victims.

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