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Men Steal Baby's First Christmas Gifts off NW Fresno Porch


There appears to be no end in sight for thieves, eager to steal packages from porches across the Central Valley.

This time, someone targeted a home in Northwest Fresno, near McKinley and Cornelia.

"This is your safe haven," says Richard Martinez. "We were shocked and surprised in the sense of how could somebody do this. It's a sense of vulnerability that it could happen at your house."

Martinez's wife went on to buy gifts for their son, Aiden's, first Christmas.

He's just five months old.

 "There were things, books, and toys she thought would be fun for him to have and open for Christmas," he says.

They ordered the gifts, but knew something wasn't right when they didn't arrive.

That's why they went online and saw the gifts had been delivered—Four days before.

Martinez checked the surveillance video at his home, and saw what he feared.

Someone stole the packages from his front porch, in broad daylight.

At least two people in a gray or dark-colored Toyota drove by the house several times.

Then, they pulled over.

A man in a hooded sweatshirt jumped out, ran to the porch, and grabbed at least three packages.

"It's not about the money. It's more about just the sense of security. If somebody can find these individuals, that's just two less people that are out there stealing presents," said Martinez.

He says his family will continue to buy stuff online.

Next time, the goods will be shipped to his workplace.

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