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Earlier this week, a Grinch nearly ruined Christmas for a Claremont family, after breaking into their home and stealing all of the presents.

The thieves gained entry to the apartment through a window, according police, and proceeded to unwrap all the gifts and steal the ones they liked most.  They also ran off with the family's home computer.

Officers said that inexpensive items, such as clothes, socks and a soccer ball were the only things the wrongdoers left behind.

A spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department said they were saddened for the family, especially the children, and decided to take matters into their own hands.

A collection was taken up at the station, they said, with officers donating funds out of their own pockets tho help replace what was stolen.

The SDPD was able to replace several stolen video game consoles, and the family says they are incredibly grateful.  They will still need to raise several hundred more dollars to help pay for a new computer and a few other things that went missing, and have set up a donation box at the SDPD University City Station for those who would like to help out.

The burglars are still on the prowl, they said, and investigators are asking anyone who might have information that could lead to their arrest is asked to call in a tip.

Read the full story here: Grinch steals Christmas, police buy it back