Christmas gifts stolen from Bastrop non-profit


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and Photojournalist ERIN COKER

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7:01 PM

BASTROP, Texas-- A Bastrop non-profit agency is having a not-so-happy holiday.

"All About Families" started days after a massive wildfire swept through Bastrop in 2011. The charity continues to help fire victims and others facing troubled times. Now, it's recovering after burglars stole gifts and other items right before Christmas.

A small gray house is the place "All About Families" calls home.

Founder Bill Roberts said the building and the wooden and wire fences surrounding it are always secured.

That didn't stop burglars from breaking in Saturday morning, leaving the organization with even less to help spread Christmas cheer to local families.

Roberts said the thieves knocked a hole in the wooden fence, spotted a window, then cut through the wire fence to get to it.

The burglars then broke an air conditioning unit out of the window to get inside.

“When they came in, they unplugged the power to the computer room,” Roberts said. “We noticed when I walked through with the police officers all the security cameras were taken off the wall. They dug through all kinds of boxes. They went through filing cabinets, through everything, so they were here a while.”

Numerous laptops, wrapped toys, gift cards and even a boxed Christmas tree were stolen.  Roberts said he thinks the thieves took off in a hurry, leaving behind other toys they'd shoved into plastic bags.

“If they would have called and said, 'we needed all this,' I would have opened these doors and let them in and they could have had whatever they wanted,” Roberts said.

He said he hopes the public can help Bastrop police catch the grinches who stole a needy family's Christmas.

“When you tell people our non-profit got robbed, the first thing is, their jaw drops and they go, 'Who would do that, especially right before Christmas?'” Roberts said.

There is some good news. Other agencies have stepped forward and offered laptops and Christmas gifts to help out All About Families.

If you have any information about this case you're asked to call the Bastrop police department.