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Community comes together to replace family’s stolen Christmas presents

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Dec 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-26 15:29:36-05

A California family whose holiday gifts were taken when a thief stole their car Wednesday wound up with presents under their tree for their children on Christmas Day, thanks to the help of local police and firefighters.

The family of six, unidentified by police, reported their vehicle stolen  on Christmas Eve, according to a news release from the Covina Police Department.

Inside the vehicle were the wrapped gifts that the parents had purchased for their four children, whose ages range from 7 weeks to 10 years old.

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@CovinaPD and LA County Fire were honored to deliver toys donated by our community to a young family whose Christmas gifts were stolen 12/24, along with the family car. This grateful, wonderfully polite family had Christmas thanks to our charitable community #Covinapd #LACountyFire #communitymatters #flipagram made with @flipagram

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The parents hid the presents in the trunk and were going to place them under the tree after the kids fell asleep, a Facebook post from the Covina Police Department’s stated.

After learning about the stolen presents, Covina police officers collaborated with Station 154 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and, with the community’s help, were able to get new gifts for the family in time for the holiday, according to the release.

The presents were delivered by midnight on Christmas Eve to ensure the kids had gifts to open the next day. The haul included two new bikes, the Facebook post read.

The officers and firefighters “were honored to deliver toys donated by our community to a young family whose Christmas gifts were stolen 12/24, along with the family car,” according to a post on the Covina police’s Instagram account. “This grateful, wonderfully polite family had Christmas thanks to our charitable community.”

Police were still searching for the family’s stolen vehicle on Thursday.