PEMBERTON TWP. Three teenagers are accused of stealing a woman's Christmas, snatching presents from under the tree in her home Wednesday while she smoked a cigarette in the backyard.
The woman told police she woke up sometime before 6 a.m., turned on her Christmas tree lights, and unlocked her front door in anticipation of arriving guests. The woman then went to smoke a cigarette behind her home, on the 400 block of Colorado Trail.
She soon heard her front door open. When she went inside to investigate, she found it wasn't Santa making a late delivery. Instead, the woman interrupted three teens underneath her Christmas tree, stealing her family's presents, including those intended for her 7-year-old daughter.
The woman chased the three up the street as they ran with packages in hand. She was able to get a description of their vehicle and pass it on to police. A patrolman stopped a car fitting the description and arrested its occupants, Eric Conover, 19; Corey Morgan, 18; and an unidentified 17-year-old.
The investigation didn't end there. A second resident on Colorado reported a break-in of his car. Nothing appeared to have been taken, he said, but the contents of his glove compartment and center console were emptied onto his front seat.
A search of the car turned up one of the stolen presents, police said, as well as shreds of wrapping paper consistent with that used by a resident of the burglarized home. During interrogation, police said, the teens admitted to the burglaries of the house and car.