SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - For Bridget's Scott family, it will be a Christmas they'll never forget, but for all the wrong reasons. The family's home was burglarized early Tuesday morning as they slept.
Thieves climbed through an unlocked kitchen window. Muddy footprints mark the path they took right to the Christmas tree, where they took about $800 worth of presents. They also took the family's living room television, valued at $2,000.
Ironically, thieves tried breaking in to the home the day after Thanksgiving. Bridget was home alone when she says she saw three masked people outside her window. She managed to scare them off by lowering her voice and displaying a gun.
But Bridget never imagined someone would take her family's Christmas presents, especially so close to Christmas. Bridget says the burglary will set her family's Christmas celebration back to next year.
"I promised my kids we'll have Christmas around Mardi Gras I guess," said Bridget. "My daughter was just diagnosed with epilepsy. We've got medical bills."
Though Sulphur Police have no solid leads, they believe the same thieves who targeted Bridget may also be the same thieves who burglarized a home down the street on the same night.
Tuesday's burglaries are the latest crimes in the neighborhood on North Johnson Street.
Two weeks ago Bridget's friend and neighbor, Vanessa Mouton, had her home burglarized as well.
"This is horrible," Mouton said. "Around Christmas everybody works hard for their money. [We] can't have Christmas now because people are taking stuff."
Police are now offering these tips to residents to help prevent similar holiday burglaries.
- Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
- Turn off your Christmas tree lights and close all window shades at night so would-be thieves are not able to see inside your house.
- Don't put gifts under the Christmas tree until the night before you plan on opening them.
- Once you unwrap your gifts, you should place all trash in black plastic bags, so when you take the trash outside, thieves will not be able to see what new items are now in the homes.
Anyone with information about these crimes should call Sulphur Police at 527-4550.