Police-purchase christmas presents for the New Jersey family after presents were stolen by an area Grinch

Florence Township Police Department made Christmas special for a New Jersey family after their gifts were stolen by a would-be Grinch. (Florence Township Police Department)

The police would not allow a local Grinch ruin the holiday, and personally purchased and donated gifts for a New Jersey family after their presents were stolen days before Christmas.

Florence Township Police Department Chief Brian Boldizar took to Facebook with a message to describe the events that followed are a gift-filled car is stolen from outside a local supermarket.

“On Saturday, a family from Florence Township had the unfortunate experience of having their vehicle stolen… to make this experience even worse, the family had most of their Christmas gifts on the inside of the vehicle,” Boldizar wrote. “During this time when most families are preparing to celebrate Christmas, this family not only had to figure out how they were going to get from place to place without a car, they also had to figure out how they were going to get Christmas gifts for their family.”

Not wanting the family to have a sad Christmas, Florence Township police officers started their own money with each other — and also to receive donations – to be a part of the burden from the family. An officer even told his young children what had happened, and they decided to each donate their Christmas gifts in the family. A local store, B&H Photo, donated an iPad and Florence Fraternal Order of Police also made a contribution.


The officers, including many who are off-duty, delivering the presents on christmas Eve to make sure that the family was able to have a “special” holiday.

“I have a feeling that it is very important that you know what your community police are doing and recognizing the work of these officers,” Boldizar wrote. “This job is much more than just writing tickets and arresting people. It is about taking care of our community.”

Boldizar continued: “again, I feel privileged to be the head of the Police of such a great organization and community. Everyone of the command staff of the officials, to the administrative staff put 100 percent into their work and that you can see.”

The police concluded his message by noting that he needed to put an end to his Facebook message, “or my children will be mad at me if Santa does not come to our house because he saw a light.”

Officers determined that the suspect who stole the vehicle by means of statements of witnesses and surveillance videos, according to FTPD. Charges were filed and the suspect remained at large as of Christmas.

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