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Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office Staff Replaces Child's Stolen Christmas Presents

The gifts were taken from an unlocked car on Bradford Place sometime overnight Christmas Eve to early Christmas morning.

When presents for a little girl were discovered missing from the car of a family visiting friends in Oconee County early Christmas morning,  Sheriff's Office personnel took it upon themselves to make sure the 3-year-old would have gifts to open.

According to an incident report, the Nissan Xterra had been parked in a driveway at a residence in the 1000 block of Bradford Place off of Union Church Road.  Shortly after 1 a.m., a woman realized someone had entered the unlocked vehicle and had removed her daughter's presents and a new Samsung Galaxy cell phone.

The woman had a receipt for the cell phone with identifying information, which was entered into the National Crime Information Center as stolen.

Oconee 911 Center operators and deputies worked to replace as many of the  presents as possible to ensure that the daughter of the victim had gifts on Christmas, according to the report.

On Thursday, the following details about the "elves" were posted on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page:

"They pooled their money and some of them went to Walgreen's in Athens....the shift commander went home and got some things he had there....they also bought wrapping paper and bows and got everything wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas morning."

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Shannon Howell December 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Now that is the spirit of Christmas! (the replacing of gifts that is:)
Stephanie Gross December 27, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Those who did this work night shift and are off for a couple of days, but I'd like to find out how they pulled that off at 1 a.m. Christmas Day. Very special!
Ed Shelnutt December 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Great story! Kudos to the officers involved.
Kayla Evans December 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM
From what I hear the deputies went to Walgreens to buy the little girl gifts. Amazing to know that there are people who still care. GREAT JOB GUYS!
Kay Dillard December 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
This is yet just another example of the love, compassion, and dedication that the Oconee County Sheriff's Department has for the citizens of Oconee County. Thank you SO MUCH... to each and every one of you!
Barbie anglin December 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
So happy to call one of those ladies my soon to be sister n law !! God bless all you guys !!!!!
Margaret Hale December 27, 2012 at 08:12 PM
To let everyone know Walgreens was open at 3 am and had Barbie items which the little girl loved.
Joy T. Elder December 28, 2012 at 06:12 AM
This is an example of the caring, community-minded men and women serving Oconee County as Law Enforcement Officers and staff. We live in a great Community !! Joy Elder
Tim December 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM
OCSD God Bless Y'all !

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