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Associated Press, Published December 17 2010

Minnesota mother speaks out about gift-stealing Grinch

OLIVIA, Minn. — A single mother in southwestern Minnesota is trying to explain to her son how a burglar could steal the boy's Christmas gift.

Diane Lecy lives in rural Sacred Heart Township in Renville County. She returned home from work to find the window on her front door broken and gifts stolen from beneath the Christmas tree.

Lecy tells KSAX-TV the burglar stole the only Christmas gift she could afford for her 8-year-old son, the gifts for his teachers and bus drivers, and a bag of groceries.

She says her son “sat on the couch and cried” when she told him.

But Lecy says: “They can steal your gifts, but they can't steal your Christmas.”

Investigators say they have no leads or suspects.

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