Some Riverside police officers saved Christmas for a family whose presents were stolen right out from under their tree in a burglary, authorities said Tuesday.
Late Christmas Eve the single mother and her two sons returned to their apartment and discovered the burglary, according to a Riverside Police Department press release.
The patrol officers who responded took a report and left, but decided to do more for the family, officials said.
They retrieved extra toys that were collected at the station and other officers and dispatchers donated $700 to save the family’s Christmas, police said.
Just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, the officers returned to the apartment to deliver the goods and Riverside firefighters followed a few hours later, officials said.