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Grinch steals Christmas from Waterloo family

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A grinch, or grinches, stole Christmas from a Waterloo family.

It happened Monday on Edwards Street in Waterloo when family members say burglars broke into the house and stole Christmas gifts, a television, and many other items from a mother and her four young children.

The children will still open presents Christmas morning, it just won't be the gifts they were hoping for.

Marsia Kuykendall has her hands full with four kids: eight-year-old Sincere, five-year-old Romeo, four-year-old Alliyah, and three-year-old Nasir. They all have a lot of energy and they're all looking forward to Christmas.

"Throughout the entire year, they don't get a whole lot of stuff and so this Christmas, I made sure I got them everything that was on their wish list," Marsia said.

The Playstation, games and other toys that were supposed to be under the tree are gone.

Monday, thieves broke into the family home, grabbed the TV from the wall, then went down to the basement where all the gifts were.

"Without that, I have nothing left. I spent so much money on their Christmas. I've been done with their Christmas for three weeks," Marsia said.

While police look for the burglars, the Kuykendall's received three gifts per child from the Salvation Army.

"I'm grateful because they have stuff but it also saddened me because when I looked at some of the stuff up there, I thought 'this wasn't what they asked me for,'" Marsia said. 

Kuykendall says she'll move to a safer neighborhood in the next couple of weeks after making sure her kids have a good Christmas.

"My daughter, my oldest, kept walking around saying this is just the worst Christmas and I said why? Because they stole all our presents and I told her that's the gifts I got you. Santa's still going to come."

Police have not made any arrests or found any of the stolen items. Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterloo Police Department.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters


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