Update: FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Thursday morning, about 12 hours after her story aired on CBS 11, Great Commission’s pastor says enough donations have come in to replace the gifts stolen from Quintly Smith’s apartment.
FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – A Fort Worth woman is distraught, after a thief broke into her home and stole all the Christmas gifts for her grandchildren.
Quintly Smith is raising eight grandchildren. She lives in an apartment at Creek Hollow, on the south side of Fort Worth.
Smith says people have broken into her car and apartment multiple times over the last year, which Fort Worth police confirm. But the latest theft hurts her most; several bags of Christmas gifts for the children were stolen while she was away from home on Sunday.
“When [the thief] took my grandkids’ stuff, that really hurt,” she said. “I can’t get that back. It hurt not only them, but me.”
Smith had set aside some money so that she could purchase a few gifts at Wal-Mart and Family Dollar last week. Most of the presents for the children though, came from donations made through the Angel Tree at Great Commission Baptist Church and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.
Smith’s grandchildren range in age from one- to eight-years-old. She hasn’t found a way to tell the oldest what happened yet.
“There were bikes, clothing, shoes, coats. I didn’t look at all the toys because I didn’t have time to go through everything, but there were nice toys in there: the learning games, Legos,” Smith said.
The criminal even stole boxes of diapers and the Christmas dinner provided by the charity.
Smith had just picked up the gifts on Saturday, and thinks someone may have been watching as she unloaded the bags from her car.
Someone had just broken into her car a few weeks before, damaging the door and stealing the radio.
On Sunday, Smith said she left home around 1 p.m. to attend her grandson’s birthday party. When she returned before 9 p.m. that evening the screen was missing from the kitchen window, and the window was thrown open. Inside, the Christmas gifts that lined the living room floor were gone.
“I call my grandkids my kids. My kids being without and not having a Christmas – one that God blessed them to have – they don’t have anymore,” Smith said.
Fort Worth police took a report and are looking into the burglary. After this break-in, Smith wants to move as soon as possible. She’s found a new home, and hopes to move out of her current location in the next couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, the grandmother is praying that whoever stole the Christmas presents will be found.
“I know I’m not going to get the stuff back, but I’m tired of [the criminal] coming in my house and taking stuff, and no [neighbor] sees nothing. Someone sees something and they’re just not coming forward.”
Reverend Dale Allen of Great Commission Baptist Church has offered to accept Christmas gift donations given for the Quintly Smith Family at the church, located at 7700 McCart Avenue. Any gifts and offerings can be dropped off Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Quintly Smith’s grandchildren are:
- Quamyia (Girl) – age 1
- Quamarion (Boy) – age 2
- Zayanna (Girl) – age 2
- Quentin (Boy) – age 3
- Zeria (Girl) – age 4
- Monqua (Boy) – age 5
- Zion (Boy) – age 8
- Deonte (Boy) – age 8
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