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December 31, 2013 > Newark Police and others help victims of burglary

Newark Police and others help victims of burglary

Submitted By Newark PD

On December 25th, 2013 (Christmas morning), Officers responded to the area of the 36000 block of Cherry St. for a residential burglary. Officers contacted the victim family and learned that someone had entered their residence the previous night through an unlocked window and stole all of the gifts from under the Christmas tree. The burglars also took a computer and jewelry. This all occurred while the victims were away at a Christmas event on Christmas Eve night. The family had gone straight to bed following the event and did not notice they had been victimized until the following morning.

The two children of the victim family, ages 9 and 11, woke up to find no presents under the Christmas tree, an open window, and hopeless feelings. At the conclusion of the investigation, investigating Officers felt horrible for the family. The Officers working day shift, decided to donate money to the victim family, raising $100, matched dollar for dollar by the Newark Police Association. Over $200 was immediately delivered minimizing the impact of the incident. The result was an extremely grateful family and a shift of Officers who all acted selflessly to assist a family in need.

Since the residential burglary incident involving stolen Christmas gifts was broadcast, the Newark Police department has received an overwhelming response from the community. The amazing support from the community has come in the form of wrapped gifts, toys, gift cards, and money for the family involved in this incident. Newark Officers had the opportunity to present the family with the carload of gifts donated by the community. The statement, ÒThis is the best Christmas everÓ from the children involved will undoubtedly make this incident just as memorable for the Officers involved as the victim family.

The Newark Police Department would like to thank the community for the support and the generous contributions that have helped restore this familyÕs Christmas spirit!

With the generosity of public support as well as the contributions from the Alameda County Fire Department, we were able to help restore the Christmas spirit in the hearts of the two children involved.

The Newark Police Department sincerely thanks all that have offered support.


UPDATE:
Newark Police Officers executed search warrants on three residences in Newark directly related to burglaries that occurred on Christmas Eve. During the search warrants, four adults and two juveniles were arrested. Stolen property from at least one residential burglary has been recovered and positively identified. Police are following up on the other property. Two loaded firearms and narcotics were also located during the incident.


Any person with any information concerning this incident can contact the non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the Òsilent witnessÓ hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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