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Family deals with break-in, stolen presents days before Christmas

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau family says they were shocked to discover someone allegedly broke in and stole their valuables and Christmas presents on Sunday in the middle of the afternoon.

Megan Baker is a mother of two, eight-year-old Travell and a 14-month-old girl. 

"They kicked in the backdoor," said Baker. "I had my wisdom teeth out and then had to have emergency surgery and I had run out to the doctor and came home to find they had taken everything." 

Baker says this isn't the first time.  

"This has actually happened seven or eight times," said Baker. "We were actually planning to move out of this house Wednesday." Baker lives on South West End. 

"It scares me because if it was just me and mom and the baby we couldn't protect ourselves," said Travell, a third grader at Jefferson Elementary.

"Having my stuff stolen makes me feel like I need to be more mature," he said.

"My mom works at the Eagles and they're taking donations for us," said Baker. "I'll never be able to replace this stuff. They took a new X-box, a new flat screen TV I had bought our family as a Christmas present and gift sets and jewelry and a jar I had about $600 in."

"Whoever is doing it they need to think about what they're doing because they're taking from children," said Baker. "What kind of a person does that, they don't deserve that." 

Meanwhile, for Travell, he says he's had to grow up fast. 

"I want to be a police officer because police help the community if stuff goes wrong," he said. 

According to Patrolman Darin Hickey the family reported a number of electronics stolen and police say they have had several break-ins across the city.

They work hard to patrol every area. In this case, they don't have any leads.

They encourage families to hide their valuables, make sure their locks are secure, and also hide any items in your car in parking lots at stores or near your home. 

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