The unresponsive burglars also nicked the lateral flow tests of Samantha Headland’s family during the raid in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Most of the gifts, which had been wrapped and bagged ready to be placed under the tree, were for Samantha’s sons, ages 11 and 12.
The children had been left in tears, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
Samantha, 36, said: “How could they ruin our Christmas for our children and invade our house like this?
“Even the Grinch stole Christmas but at least he brought it back. I don’t mind if I don’t get presents, it’s just my kids that matter.
“It’s so heartbreaking and it’s more the fact that they stole the children’s presents and they have nothing left to open.
“That’s what makes me more upset about everything.
“You can replace presents, but you can’t replace surprises and children opening presents.
“They took all the Christmas presents – they took every one of them.”
Police are investigating the burglary, which happened in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, which the family say has now ruined Christmas.
Samantha, who is a full-time mum, heard “whispers” around 2.50am on Tuesday but thought it was the children. His partner was working night shifts at the time.
But when Samanatha saw two people running down the stairs at the back of the house, she called the police.
“I then immediately went to my children’s room thinking about all sorts of things,” the mother added.
“I called the police straight away and the operator stayed on the phone with me the whole time, she was amazing and the cops got to my house so quickly.
“The burglars had searched the guest bedroom from top to bottom and were busy in the living room when I disturbed them.
“They had unplugged the VR headset and moved all the game discs but didn’t get much out of that room, but I’m pretty sure they would have if I hadn’t woken up. “
Lateral flow tests were also carried out which had been given to the children for their return to school in the new year.
Samantha continued: “I walked past the guest bedroom and noticed the door was open and the presents were all gone.
“We had them all packed up for Christmas Day as we wanted to make sure they were all wrapped up and ready for the big day.
“We never put presents under the tree either until Christmas Eve when the kids have gone to bed so they can wake up in the morning and see them all there.
“The gifts weren’t just for my family, but for my mum, my partner’s mum, our sisters, our brothers-in-law and our nephews, and they obviously included gifts for my daughter and my son.
“Downstairs everything was open and messed up and in the dining room they had taken my Samsung watch, emptied my purse and taken £50 and also taken my rings which I leave in a box.
“I keep thinking it’s my fault, but I have health issues and I’m on pain meds and it’s easier to leave my rings in a box downstairs.
“They also stole my painkillers and an extra £60 we had set aside for Lee’s son for Christmas.
“Our Samsung tablets were both charged and I even noticed they took two lateral flow test boxes that the kids had brought home ready to go back to school in the new year.
“The alcohol we brought for Christmas and even the half-empty bottles were also gone.
“It’s just shocking what happened and what they did.
“I even made my nephew stay last night just to feel safe as my fiancé was at work.
“Everything is so overwhelming, and I walk past the guest bedroom and keep looking inside but I have to walk past it – everything is so fresh and raw.”
Officers are now urging anyone who may have heard anything or have information to come forward to help them with their investigation.
Superintendent Kevin Broadhead, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These children were left with no gifts to open on Christmas Day after their parents worked so hard to buy them and carefully wrapped them ready to surprise them on Christmas Day. of Christmas.
“No child should be left without gifts to open on the most special and festive day of the year and for it to happen so close to Christmas, it’s incredibly sad.
“People should feel safe in their own home and go to sleep without having to worry about their home being burglarized.
“Burglaries are a complete invasion of someone’s home and not only have a financial impact but also an emotional one.
“Our officers are working hard to conduct a number of investigations into this incident, and we urge anyone who may have information to come forward to help us with our investigations.”