Cops hunt ‘real-life Grinch who stole Christmas presents from deaf child’

A woman has been left devastated after a thief stole her Christmas gifts – including presents for her partially deaf two-year-old.

Victoria Bees, 42, discovered her parcels had been taken from the doorstep of her Cheltenham house around 1:40pm on Sunday (November 27) thanks to her Ring doorbell, which captured the entire incident.

Victoria said she had spent her whole Christmas present budget on the gifts, which cost her hundreds of pounds in the Black Friday sales and included educational tech she was planning to give to her partially deaf tot and gifts for her five-year-old daughter.

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She said: "I know everyone's struggling but how could someone stoop so low?

"On Monday (Nov 28) I was still very upset and disappointed about it, but now I'm just angry.

"Everybody's struggling, I'm making those pounds stretch as far as I can and I would never dream of stealing from somebody else.

"She has basically stolen my children's Christmas, she the ultimate Grinch.

"I'm able to get some of the items redelivered, but someone of the popular children's toys are now out of stock."

Victoria explained that because she purchased the items during the sales, by the time she gets a refund they will likely have gone back up to full price – which she won't be able to afford.

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"I am completely aware they are only things, with Covid and everything, Christmas is about spending time together but it's things for the people I love.

"It's the fact it's a woman as well, it's slightly more upsetting, I don't know what it is but it's worse to me.

"I hope it beats her up that she's taken that from my family."

And it wasn't just the thief Victoria took issue with – she also slammed the delivery driver who left her purchases on her doorstep where they could easily be taken, rather than attempting re-delivery at a later date.

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Gloucestershire Police said they are investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Police are investigating a report of items being stolen from outside an address on Royal Crescent, Cheltenham at around 1.40pm on Sunday, November 27.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Gloucestershire Constabulary through the website, quoting incident 247 of November 27."


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