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Thief tries to steal Christmas, fails

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One couple's Christmas was saved Tuesday One couple's Christmas was saved Tuesday
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Grinch tried to steal a Kettle Falls family’s Christmas early Tuesday morning.

Single parents Jeremy Henderson and Jessica Worden were Christmas shopping in Spokane Monday night. It was late when they finished, so instead of going home the two got a hotel.

But Tuesday morning Henderson noticed his vehicle window had been smashed and all the presents were gone.

“I'm just in shock,” said Henderson. “I can't believe someone would do this. Out of all the cars in the parking lot why mine?"

The hotel has security cameras and the thief was caught in the act. According to surveillance footage the brazen thief broke into the car shortly after 2:30 a.m.

Henderson and Worden alerted police and called the several department stores to tell them what items were stolen from them. The crook took $700 worth of toys and clothes.

"Get some help man,” said Henderson. “If I can do it you can do it. Go get a job and figure it out for yourself."

Some of the toys were purchased at the General Store. The loss prevention manager alerted employees to look out for specific items, which included BB guns and tools.

Forty-five minutes later a women attempted to return the exact items. One employee grabbed his manager and the women, along with the man who allegedly stole the items were waiting to be arrested by police.

"I was like ‘Oh my gosh I'm so excited,’" said Worden.

The two didn’t get all their stuff back, but are just happy the thief is off the streets. As for the employee at the General Store, he tells KHQ he’s just happy he helped save Christmas.

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