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IB Sheriff Deputies & Fire Department Employees help out the Garcia family of Imperial Beach after all their Christmas Presents were Stolen Yesterday

Dec 26, 2015 12:16PM ● By Paul Spear
From the Facebook page of Imperial Beach Mayor, Serge Dedina: Merry Christmas and thanks to our Sheriff Deputies and Fire Department employees for helping out the Garcia family of Imperial Beach after all their presents were stolen yesterday. This is the spirit of Christmas and public safety employees who give 100% to our community!
Thief steals Christmas, deputies bring it back (You can read complete story here at this link)
A thief may have stolen a family’s Christmas presents, but he didn’t steal Christmas thanks to a group of quick-thinking deputies and firefighters.

            Thank you to Lyndsay Winkley of the San Diego Union Tribune for reporting on this. 

According to her article "A thief may have stolen a family’s presents, but thanks to the Imperial Beach Fire Department and the Sheriffs
 he didn’t steal their Christmas as they replaced the presents."

She reported that Francisco Garcia, who is in the U.S. Army and his his wife along with their 1 year old son had just moved to IB from Texas and their pickup with trailer were stolen and contained all of their belongings, including gifts.

She reported that the truck was parked along Florida Street and was reported missing around 9 a.m. Christmas Eve, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Victor Rivera.

Lyndsay reported that the deputies decided “they had to do something to help the Garcias per Rivera..

According to Lyndsays report Staff members of the Sheriff’s Department, the IB Fire Department and the Imperial Beach Fire Association worked to collect donations for the Garcais. and that within hours, they had delivered them to the family.

According to the report Rivera said “The Garcias couldn’t believe their eyes when they were visited by the first responders and given the donations

Lyndsay article said Investigators are asking the public to help catch the thief. The stolen pickup is a green 2000 Ford F-250 with the Texas license plate of DKT9824. The attached trailer has a Texas license plate of 0534028.

If anyone sees the truck or knows where it might be, call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477.

You can read Lyndsays article in the SD Union Tribune at

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