Burglar steals Hampton family’s Christmas gifts

WAVY/Liz Palka

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton woman lost thousands of dollars in electronics and Christmas gifts in a Monday night burglary.

Police are investigating the burglary on Day Street, which is just off W. Pembroke Avenue. According to Hampton police spokesman Sgt. Jason Price, it happened sometime between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Pamela Ellis said she came home Monday night to her front door kicked in. She said two TVs, a laptop, a speaker, an empty purse, and her grandkids’ wrapped Christmas gifts were stolen.

“I’d rather them take the TVs and leave his gifts,” Ellis said. She said most of the gifts stolen were for her oldest grandson, who is 5 years old.

The burglary hits the Hampton mother and grandmother hard, as she works three jobs to provide for her family. Ellis works the front desk at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. She also cleans commercial buildings at night and does manicures — all to make ends meet.

“I just work to try to make it, and pay my bills, and do what I can do to live an honest life,” Ellis said. “And that’s what I wish these people would do: get a job.”

Ellis said no one was home when the burglary happened. She said she left her house around 7 p.m. Her fiance discovered the front door wide open around 8:30 p.m. Now she is scared the suspect, or suspects, will return.

Hampton police are investigating another burglary that happened right behind Ellis’ house on Hannah Street. The residents told WAVY.com their back door was kicked in on Nov. 17. An iPad, a Kindle Fire e-reader, and money were all stolen. Price said investigators don’t know if the burglaries are related.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Pamela Ellis. You can donate here.

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