Skip to main content

Burglar steals Christmas presents, more from St. Paul apartment in broad daylight

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Police are investigating a holiday burglary at a St. Paul apartment over the weekend where the thief took wrapped presents from under a Christmas tree, as well as important documents including Social Security cards and a checkbook, FOX 9 reports.

The victims, Tom Yang and Dee Xiong, said when they arrived home Saturday afternoon, they found their Christmas tree on the ground and ornaments scattered everywhere. In all, the couple said they had about $2,000 worth of presents stolen.

Xiong said they've been having to spend a lot of time away from their home since they're caring for her father, who suffered a stroke.

In addition to the loss of the gifts, as well as a 40-inch television, Yang and Xiong are now tasked with calling banks and credit bureaus to avoid becoming victims of identity theft.

Officials say identity theft is also on the rise online, NBC News reported. Experts tell the network that shoppers are more vulnerable now because the holiday season is a hectic time of the year and people tend to be more distracted.

As for the burglary in St. Paul, it isn't the first one to take place in the broad daylight.

In Edina, a security camera recently caught a holiday Grinch stealing delivered packages from a porch, and the victims are not alone. Police nationwide said there has been a rise in thefts from porches, NBC’s "Today" show said.

Essentially, people need to be alert no matter where they are during the holiday season. Police told FOX 9 that the season is also prime time for thieves who search store parking lots, looking for presents in people's cars to steal.

[preserve]KMSP-TV[/preserve]

Next Up

snow

Winter weather advisory issued as Saturday snow arrives

Not huge totals expected, but any snow will likely impact travel.

Wilf

Report: Ryan Poles is Vikings' 'top choice' for general manager

Poles was one of two finalists revealed on Friday.

Payton Willis

Willis carries shorthanded Gophers to beat Rutgers

The senior scored a career-high 32 points to end a four-game losing streak.

MARCUS ALEXANDER STEICHEN

Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl

Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Charges: Mom killed infant son just weeks after getting him back from foster care

The 10-month-old died in her care in Brooklyn Park last April.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Arrests made following fentanyl bust in St. Cloud

Authorities searched two St. Cloud apartments Friday morning.

potatoes 2

Minnesota's 'frozen potato freeway' closure attracts plenty of comment

It was, let's face it, a very Minnesotan reason for a freeway closure.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 9.07.54 AM

U of M fraternity raises money for chef's knee surgery

The GoFundMe has raised around $1,700 of its $5,000 goal.

unsplash restaurant cashier register COVID face mask - crop

7 restaurant, bar groups sue Minneapolis over dining vaccine mandate

"Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pawns..." the lawsuit said.

Screen Shot 2022-01-22 at 7.47.53 AM

Woman fatally shot in St. Paul's North End neighborhood

It's the fourth homicide so far this year in St. Paul.

Wild

Wild flip the script, dominate Blackhawks

Ryan Hartman scored twice to earn the first game of a back-to-back.

Hopkins Basketball

Hopkins suffers rare loss to No. 1 ranked Sidwell Friends

The Royals held their own in a battle of the nation's best.

Related

max the golden retriever

St. Paul family heartbroken after burglar kills their dog

The suspect broke into the home, stole items and shot the dog.