BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Christmas may already be ruined for one family after scrooges broke-in to their home Tuesday and stole everything under the Christmas tree.
Tonya Williams said her door was kicked in when she arrived home Tuesday afternoon. She added the crooks swiped everything they could carry. Those items included game systems, flat screen televisions, jewelry and even medication.
Williams said she still felt rattled the day after the crime.
"I was just devastated," Williams said. "I was just standing there in shock. I couldn't believe that this was happening. I feel like we've been violated and I am very uncomfortable staying here now."
And what happened to Williams could have happened to anyone. Christmas time is one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year, making it much more enticing to burglars to break-in to homes.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is strongly encouraging homeowners to get an alarm system, motion detection light and make sure to cover windows before leaving the house.
Williams said that although this ruined her Christmas, it could have been worse. Her daughter had been home from school the past couple of days due to the flu. However, Williams said the teen felt well enough to get out of bed, go to school and was not at home when the burglars struck.
"I was just grateful that she went to school instead of staying home, because she would have been in her bedroom and God knows what could have happened," Williams added.