Youngstown Police looking for “Grinch” who stole family’s gifts

The Soto family reported that their N. Jackson Street home was burglarized. The burglars took electronics and Christmas gifts for their 8 children.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown family is thankful for their safety after a scary run in with burglars Thursday afternoon.

The thieves got away with televisions, a computer and Christmas gifts for the family’s eight children. The family lost more than a dozen Christmas presents, and they say they want to find the “Grinch” who did this.

Yvette Soto left her home on N. Jackson Street Wednesday afternoon to pick up her kids from school. She said she was gone for just 10 minutes when the burglars struck.

Soto reported seeing the front door open and two men carrying things to a car. They drove off in a small gray four-door vehicle, which had two of Soto’s televisions in the trunk, according to a report she filed with the Youngstown Police Department.

This N. Jackson Street home in Youngstown was burglarized. Christmas gifts for the family's 8 kids were among the items taken.
The family’s N. Jackson Street home was reportedly burglarized by two men, who made off with electronics and Christmas gifts.

One man was wearing a black shirt and the other a red shirt, but the report did not list a detailed description of the suspects. Soto said she was unable to get the license plate number on the vehicle before it drove way.

Police said it appeared as if the men entered through a window, after pulling out an air conditioning unit.

Yvette’s husband, Robert, said he is just glad everyone is OK. He and his wife have eight children, four of which are foster children and three are adopted.

“I could care less what they took. I’m just thankful that everyone is here, my kids, my wife,” he said.

The Youngstown Police Department says homeowners should be extra vigilant this time of year.

Youngstown Police Officer Michael Bodnar recommended using extra porch lights. He also suggested writing down the serial number of your electronics.

“In the event that the item does get stolen, the only way we can differentiate one TV from another is by the serial numbers,” he said.

Robert Soto said the material items can be replaced, but it is the sense of security that he wants back.

“Now I’m locking the top lock, and I’m going to do stuff to secure the front entrance,” he said.

The family is now trying to move forward and enjoy Christmas.

“I feel great, because my family is OK and no one is hurt, and we are still going to have a merry Christmas,” Soto said.

They hope someone comes forward with information on the burglary.

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