There's low and then there's low. Anyone who would steal wrapped Christmas presents from a car has to be about as low as you can go. I mean that is just colddddddddd. But it happens. A lot. Which is why every year we hear the same warnings from police over and over again: lock it... hide it... keep it... Tuesday morning in a (theoretically) secure parking garage in a Canoga Park apartment building, a young woman's Mini Cooper convertible had its roof slashed and a young man, captured on fairly decent surveillance video, stole three wrapped Christmas presents from the car. They were specifically for children whose fathers were in prison and the presents had handwritten notes from the dads in them to remind their kids that, even though they were in prison, they weren't forgotten during the holidays. Of course, the bad guy didn't necessarily know that, but still. The LAPD's Topanga detectives are thinking that with enough publicity they'll catch this guy.
There is, fortunately, a bit of a silver lining here. It just so happens that every year, the Topanga Division, like so many many, many police and fire operations, conduct a huge toy drive for underprivileged kids. And so in the Topanga Community room, there are like a thousand toys, bikes, cars, backpacks, dolls, games, you name it. I checked it out today and it looked like a toy store warehouse. When word of this burglary got out, it was a relatively simple matter to replace the stolen toys, not just with three toys, but with three toys for each kid. Nice. No notes from the dads though, but it's great that there are still so many giving people, and companies, that donate toys, and others who donate their time to collect them and distribute them. It's sad that there are still so many people who can't afford to buy them for their own kids. But, this is the community in which we live.. the haves and the have nots.