Thieves steal family's Christmas gifts from car on Black Friday

Thieves steal family's Christmas gifts from car on Black Friday

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A family that went to the Clackamas Town Center Thanksgiving night in time for stores to open at midnight for Black Friday had their Christmas presents stolen out of their car.

Josh Salazar and his fiancé parked their Jeep in the lot by the movie theater.
At about 1:30 a.m. they put the gifts they bought in the back seat, including Ultra Plush throw blankets, a Black & Decker Belgian waffle maker and a blender they bought at Macy's.

After four more hours of shopping they came out and discovered they were victims of a smash-and-grab.

"I come over to see if I can unlock the door, and I can see through the car. I can see all the glass shattered. I can see the glass on the ground, and my heart just sank," said Josh Salazar. "I felt like I wanted to throw up. First thing that happened: my fiancé just broke down in tears."

All the family was left with was a smashed window and a rock that was used to break it.

With $200 in stolen gifts and a window that costs about the same to fix, Salazar is trying to figure out how to pull off Christmas for his family. He's hoping his story will save other shoppers from making the same mistake and that someone will turn the thief in.

Salazar wasn't the only victim. According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, there were 11 thefts reported on Thursday and Friday in the area around Clackamas Town Center and up 82nd Avenue for about a mile.

From Thursday until Monday, the number jumped to 31.