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Family van stolen with Christmas presents inside

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CHENEY, Wash. -

A local couple is wondering what to do next after their family van was stolen, with their children's Christmas gifts inside.

The van was recovered fully stripped days later. The gifts were gone.

Rebecca Apodaca and her husband had been pinching pennies for weeks to afford presents at all. They included mostly winter clothes to keep their kids warm, and a few gift cards.

"We had everything taken out from underneath us," she said. "That's all we have. We are paycheck to paycheck."

Rebecca's husband had just crossed everything off their list, and stopped to have lunch with his mother when the van was stolen in Airway Heights. He thought he did everything right. The van was locked, and he even tried to conceal the gifts.

"I've spent hours crying," Rebecca said.

And the worst part isn't the missing presents. It's the time they're now forced to spend apart. Because Rebecca's husband does snow removal in Spokane County, he must now stay with loved ones closer to work so he doesn't miss a shift. It's left the family crushed.

Since our story first aired, we've received dozens of calls and emails from people who wanted to help the family out. We are working with the family to figure out next steps for donations.

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