Anonymous donors suprise family who had presents stolen
by Chris Norwood
Dec 24, 2013 | 2646 views |  0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
Bob Crisp/The Daily Home
TALLADEGA – The Grinch paid a visit to an apartment last week as a thief who stole Christmas. Someone burglarized the home and took Christmas gifts for three children under the age of 6.

Fortunately for the family in question, someone read about this particular family’s plight in Saturday’s Daily Home and decided to do something about it.

Talladega Police Capt. Leon Thomas said two donors who did not wish to be identified had contacted a member of the Talladega City Council about donating cash and gift cards to allow the family to replace their stolen gifts.

Thomas said he and officer Tana Stephens delivered the presents, along with fire captain Ron Goodenough and firefighter Scott Shelton. The donations were delivered Saturday afternoon.

The victim, Colethia Epps, was “very happy, very appreciative,” Thomas said. “She started to cry.”

“Thank you so much, I love whoever did it,” Epps said at the time. God bless them from the bottom of my heart. Now I’m able to have a good Christmas for my kids.”

Epps and her boyfriend Justin Scott reported to investigators that they had gone to bed in their apartment in Talladega Downs about 2 a.m. Thursday, and all the doors and windows were closed and locked. By 6 a.m., all of the gift-wrapped presents under the tree had been stolen, and the back door was open. Someone may have possibly hidden in the apartment and waited for them to go to sleep, Police Chief Jason Busby said last week.

The case remained under investigation Monday afternoon, Thomas said. No witnesses or suspects had been identified at that time.

Anyone with information on this break-in should contact the Talladega Police Department at 256-362-4508 or call the anonymous tip line at 256-299-0011.

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