NORTH PORT, Fla. - The Randazzo family were already anticipating a rough Christmas.
It would be the first one without the children's grandmother.
“She made Christmas magical these are all her Christmas things we put out,” Ashton Randazzo said.
Then their home was burglarized. Their cars were broken into as well.
“I woke up thought my sister in law and brother playing a joke on me about the presents being gone," he said.
Burglars stole the presents that the four children's sister-in-law brought from New York.
“It’s what my brothers had wanted for the longest time, PS3 games, stuff for my walls, I finally have my own room,” explained Arianna, Randazzo's 13-year-old daughter said.
Also missing were the aunt’s wallet, a cell phone and the family van. Ashton said the burglars took the keys off the nail on the wall.
How did the burglars break in? The home's sliding glass doors were unlocked and the alarm wasn’t set.
“We didn’t hear a thing,” Ashton Randazzo, said.
Police said the thieves also broke into two vehicles parked outside nearby homes.
North Port police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood.
“To go in a home, people are sleeping, children are there," said John Taylor, department spokesman. "You never know how it will go down. It is very brazen."
Taylor reminds residents to not leave valuables in vehicles, and lock your vehicles and home.
For Arianna, the meaning of the holidays isn't about the gifts.
“Who’s going to make cookies with you? Family is the key," she said. "I’m glad everyone is safe.”
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