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Bethlehem police stop Grinch from stealing boy's Christmas

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Eleven-year-old Izaiah's Christmas was one for the books, taking him on an emotional roller coaster ride.

"I felt very upset because the last thing I got from my grandmother was in that car," said Izaiah from Bethlehem.

On Christmas Day, Izaiah's mother was loading up the car with his presents. She ran back in the house to say her goodbyes and within minutes all of the gifts were stolen, including toys from Izaiah's grandmother who had recently passed away.

"He was very upset that he had a drone taken," said Officer Luke Trevezo of the Bethlehem Police Department.

Trevezo responded to the theft call. He says Izaiah and his mother were devastated and he knew he had to help.

"He ran with it with his heart and he just took off with it and he got permission all the way up the line to the chief," said Lt. Rodney Bronson of the Bethlehem Police Department.

Bronson is Trevezo's supervisor. He says Trevezo sent an email to the chief asking if the department could help the family and the response was instant.

"It just exploded," said Bronson.  

"Guys and girls were coming in throwing $20s and $50s down, some of the guys went and got gift cards to Toys 'R' Us," said Captain Anthony Leardi of the Bethlehem Police Department.

The police department pulled its resources and bought Izaiah a Hess truck and drone to replace the stolen gifts, also giving his family cash and gift cards.  Several officers hand-delivered the new presents Thursday morning.

"I was excited, I was surprised I didn't know what to do," said Izaiah.

It was a moment that came full circle for Trevezo.

"I saw him at the worst when he was crying on the street there and then I saw him when he was really happy at his best," said Trevezo.

Police say the investigation into the stolen gifts is still ongoing.

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