Burglar steals family's Christmas gifts

Prince family says band equipment, furniture were also stolen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Someone broke into a Westside family's home and stole the children's Christmas gifts Wednesday morning.

Allana Prince said she took her husband to work around 7:30 a.m. and returned to their apartment on San Juan Avenue to find the door busted down.

"I come back and the door is wide open, all my stuff is gone, everything is gone. New shoes, new clothes, Christmas presents, laptop, sound equipment," said Prince.

The equipment is critical to the couple because they're in a band and that's their livelihood. Alana plays the saxophone and her husband, John Mark, plays the drums. They perform around town to support their family.

The couple has a 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.

"We were going to take all of their Christmas gifts we already bought and go out of town to grandma's house and have this big Christmas thing. They left us like two, three presents. That's how much they left us with," said Alana Prince.

John Mark Prince said no one saw anything, even though the burglary happened in broad daylight.

He said the thief or thieves also took a new dining room table they just took off layaway that was still in the box and a little bit of money they'd been saving up.

Now he's asking for whomever did this to please at least return the gifts.

"We can live without the furniture, speakers, DJ equipment, band equipment. Though that's our livelihood, we can live without it. Just bring us back our kids' Christmas. That's all we want," said John Mark Prince.

Prince said they can leave the gifts on the sidewalk, no questions asked.

"They left us with our faith. Because we have that, we can start from zero and we'll be all right. We'll survive. I just want to get my kids' Christmas back," said John Mark Prince.

The couple set up a GoFundMe account to raise money so they can buy new gifts for their children.

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