Family finds stolen Christmas gifts and tries to track down owners


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — Ryan Rolsten woke up on Christmas Eve to find someone had searched his wife’s car. It was parked outside his house on Heatherdowns. Fortunately, nothing was stolen, but the thief left presents in the garden, opened and then thrown away.

“We were more angry about the gifts than about the break-in of my wife’s car. People work hard for what they give. It might be their last Christmas with their grandparents or something, you never know, so don’t take that from people,” Rolsten said.

Now Rolsten is on a mission to place those presents under the right tree. They are addressed to Elizabeth and Samanthe, spelled with an “e”. The gifts were sent by loving grandparents.

“A Barbie doll, Victoria’s Secret lotion, a children’s book, some kind of light board where you write on the board and it glows. Children’s toys,” Rolsten said.

Rolsten turned the gifts over to Toledo police, but posted on Facebook looking for the rightful owners.

“If there are any grandparents who had their gifts taken and their granddaughters are Elizabeth and Samanthe, you can contact me on Facebook and I’ll give you your claim number,” Rolsten said.

He hopes the girls got more gifts under the tree because he hasn’t found the owners yet. Even though Christmas is over, he is still looking for the family. He knows that sometimes Christmas miracles need a little help.

“I have two children and it’s Christmas. You don’t take someone’s presents… It’s Christmas and I want them to have their presents,” Rolsten said.

Note: After the 13abc story aired, Elizabeth and Samanthe’s family contacted Rolsten, and the girls were able to claim their gifts.

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