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North Mpls. Family's Front Door Kicked Down, Presents Stolen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A north Minneapolis family is spending Christmas in fear after a thief or thieves broke down their door and stole their Christmas presents.

It happened in the 3400 block of Fremont Avenue North Sunday afternoon around 2 o'clock -- in broad daylight. The family was just returning from church when they saw the broken door and thousands of dollars' worth of items missing.

Now, for Nina and Chris Woods, boarding up their broken down door isn't enough to give them a sense of security. They sent their children to stay with relatives for Christmas.

Even credit card information had been stolen from the house.

"Who does that? These are people's houses and homes. This is something that doesn't belong to you. It's their property," Nina said.

Nina says they are planning to move out at the end of this week because they didn't feel safe. Now, that day can't come soon enough.

"We can't have the kids up in here if the door could get kicked in again. They could try and do it when we are here one day," Chris said.

It's not the way they wanted to spend Christmas, but they are trying to stay positive.

"I'm angry but materialistic things can be replaced. I'm just happy me and my kids were not in here," Nina said.

The Woods will spend Christmas Day at a relatives' home. They have reported the burglary to Minneapolis police and are hoping they catch whoever did this.

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