POLICE recovered more than £5,000 worth of Christmas presents when they raided two houses in Grantham on Thursday morning.
The presents, which are believed to have been stolen from houses in the town and surrounding villages over the last few weeks, included a PS3, several iPods and iPhone 4s and a coffee machine.
Chief Inspector Mark Housley said: “We get very angry about people stealing presents. They don’t appreciate the impact this has on people in the so called season of good will.”
Police now have the arduous challenge of trying to identify the real owners of the presents.
Chief insp Housley added: “If we can’t we may end up having to give them back to the people who we believe have stolen them.”
The police have approached the victims of the seven burglaries that have taken place in the area over the last few weeks. They are now trying to find out what presents they had from family and friends under their trees.
Chief insp Housley said: “We’re not blaming the victims at all, but people need to be aware that if they put presents under a tree that’s lit up in their lounge they are making themselves vulnerable and it is so difficult to prove that these things belong to them.”
Officers spent hours unwrapping all of the presents, photographing them and recording them.
Unfortunately, even though the presents have been found before Christmas, none of them will be able to be returned to their owners before Christmas Day as the process of identification may take months.
Chief insp Housley added: “We estimate that the value of these presents is about £5,000. We are now working with the victims to get them back to them, but we also have to prove that they are stolen.”
At the time of going to press police were being helped with their inquiries.