Cops replace stolen Christmas gifts with the ‘real Grinch’ in home burglary

How the cops saved Christmas.

Indiana police have saved the holiday by replacing a family’s gifts after they were stolen by a heartless “real Grinch” during a Christmas Eve burglary.

“This is what serving our community is all about,” reads the heartwarming Facebook post, which was shared by the South Bend Police Department on Saturday morning.

A now-viral video of their heroic act is exploding as onlookers praise the boys in blue for going beyond the call of duty.

Officers had responded to a break-in call, after which they learned that the young children’s gifts had been stolen, leaving them with nothing for Christmas Eve.

“They found the house had been broken into and in the process the individual had taken all the gifts and even some food out of his refrigerator,” South Bend Police Department patrolman Brian Meador told WNDU. com. “So they really left this family with very little.”

A now viral video of their heroic act is exploding as onlookers praise the boys in blue. “It’s one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. (It’s awful that they were stolen, on Christmas, no less),” one observer posted on social media. “Nobody had to do anything more, but they did. We need so much more of this in the world!
South Bend Police Department

The heartbroken officer compared the fiasco to a “real Grinch”, describing the scene: “Yeah, clean ’em up. Not even the Who-hash or the Roast Beast (remained). Everything was taken.”

In a desperate attempt to save the holidays, the hardworking cops contacted South Bend FOP Lodge #36’s “Santa’s Elficers” program, an organization that helps families in need during the holidays. Fortunately, they had leftovers at the station, which officers brought to the looted home less than an hour later to replace what had been stolen.

Officers had responded to a break-in call, after which they learned the children's gifts had been stolen - leaving them with nothing for Christmas Eve
Officers responded to a break-in call, after which they learned that the children’s presents had been stolen, leaving them with nothing for Christmas. “Seeing the faces of these little girls when they saw the presents under the tree and started playing with them is why we do what we do,” said officer Brian Meador.
South Bend Police Department

Accompanying footage shows a squad of officers standing next to bicycles, dolls and other spanking new gifts under the family’s Christmas tree in the living room. They wave the unidentified mother and her three children into the room, whereupon the toddlers squeal with delight and run for the presents.

The touching clip ends with the mother thanking the officers profusely as the officers wish the family a “Merry Christmas”. Police later said officers also brought food for the family, Storyful reported.

Officers had responded to a break-in call, after which they learned the children's gifts had been stolen - leaving them with nothing for Christmas Eve
The clip ends with the mother thanking the officers profusely as the officers wish the family a “Merry Christmas”. Police later said officers also brought food for the family, Storyful reported.
South Bend Police Department

Social media users were quick to praise the officers for their selfless act.

“Incredibly inspiring! Thank you to the South Bend Department for bringing joy to this family, and thank you for all you do! Merry Christmas!” gushed a Yuletide supporter on Facebook.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. (It’s awful that they were stolen, on Christmas, no less),” wrote another. “Nobody had to do anything more, but they did. We need so much more of this in the world!

However, the SB PD insisted that they were simply doing their part to serve and protect the community.

“Seeing the faces of those little girls when they saw the presents under the tree and started playing with them is why we do what we do,” Officer Meador said. “That’s the positive part, and that’s what keeps us going as officers. And so, I hope it’s a memory for them that will last a lifetime.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear if the Grinches who originally stole Christmas were ever apprehended.

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