Grinch stole baby's gifts from under the Christmas tree
FILLING the Christmas stocking isn't easy when you're a single, unemployed mother of two.
When Beaconsfield resident Stacey Walker's house was burgled and presents for her five-month-old daughter were stolen on Saturday night, the blow was upsetting.
"It's Caitlin's first Christmas; the first is always the most special," she said.
"We don't feel like celebrating now."
Ms Walker's mother Patricia Lange, who lives with the family on Cutler Dr, she said was "in shock" after burglars broke the lock on the front door and left with gifts from under the Christmas tree.
"It was scary, especially since we've got the two young ones in the house," she said.
"With this happening, I'm not going to go to work (at PCYC), because they're too frightened to stay on their own now."
After the burglary news was posted on a Facebook page, strangers reached out to Ms Walker by offering replacement gifts.
She said a woman was coming around with presents last night.
Christmas gifts were also stolen from another home, on Dapplewood Cl in Andergrove, about 1am Sunday.
Detective Senior Constable Steve Wilson said someone cut a hole in a flyscreen to get into the home, and took a handbag and other items.
He said it was important to shut glass doors at night as flyscreens could easily be damaged.
"At this time of year, we're getting a lot of these," he said.
"People should put valuables out of sight, even if they're just having a shower. (Burglars) can be in and out in a matter of minutes."
On Monday night, burglars entered an unlocked garage at a home on Abell Rd in Cannonvale.
Nike weightlifting shoes, a long board, a skateboard and cash was stolen.
If you have info on theft, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
It's not all bad
Newly released RACQ research showed:
93% of Queenslanders would report suspicious people in their neighbourhood.
91% would raise a red flag over a suspicious vehicle.
88% would investigate if a house alarm went on for several minutes.