Family devastated after Christmas gifts are stolen


A real life grinch steals Christmas presents from a home in Princeton.  Now an investigation is underway.  It’s 3 days after the Christmas holiday and that means kids should be enjoying their new toys.  Instead, a 7 and 9 year-old in Princeton are devastated after their home was reportedly broken into and their new tablets were stolen.   
9-year-old Emily Sparks said, “We started crying and we felt like we didn’t like it that we got stuff stole and the police got here.”

Emily’s mother Elizabeth Sparks said they noticed their home was broken into when she got home Wednesday December 28, 2016.

Elizabeth said, “Everything was just like trashed.  All the drawers and the dressers were dumped in the floor.  Everything in the closet was pulled out in the floor.”

She said 3 tablets were stolen including the 2 tablets her daughters just got for Christmas.  She said her jewelry was stolen along with an XBox 360, PlayStation 4, video camera, and the money in her children’s piggy bank.  Sparks said whoever it was broke their front door and her fiancé is trying to repair it.  She said her children just don’t feel safe.  

Emily Sparks said, “I was like mommy, I’m worried.  I want to move somewhere else.”

They just moved to their home on Kirkwood Avenue right before Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth said, “It would take a very low person to do something like this especially to children.  I mean it’s not bad enough they took everything else but then they’re even going to go to a child’s room and pull their stuff off the beds and throw them in the floor to look for anything else, empty piggy banks.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call West Virginia State Police. 


A break in at a home in Princeton, WV has West Virginia State Troopers searching for suspects.  Investigators said the door to the house on Kirkwood Ave. was kicked in during the morning hours on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

The family said all of the Christmas gifts were taken.  Everything from tablets and console game systems to jewelry.  The suspects even emptied out the children’s piggy banks.

The case is still under investigation.  Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 304-425-2101.

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