“They Went Through Every Shelf, Every Cabinet, Every Room.”
While the Williams family was out getting into the holiday spirit, burglars broke into their home. This is how it usually happens, by the way. Real-life grinches don’t wait until you’re fast asleep. (That takes more nerve.) They pillage the easy way — during the day, while you’re out.
“They went through every shelf, every cabinet, every room. All of our entertainment centers. They took all of our electronics. Pretty much anything in the house that had a power cord to it, they took,” Williams told CBS7 news.
The theft of his laptop and hard drives was a tough blow. (Williams’ entire business lived there.) Inexplicably, the bandits even snatched up Williams’ son’s pets: a rabbit and a snake.
But there was an element of the burglary that was particularly difficult for Williams to come to terms with. The burglars had knifed open his presents, stashed in closets and drawers. They’d taken what they wanted and dumped anything that didn’t pass muster. It was almost as if they were Christmas shopping, as if Williams’ house was a Walmart and his hard-earned gifts were free giveaways, some of them not even worth stealing.
That’s the feeling that stuck with Williams.
“It was frustration. It was a huge sense of vulnerability of having these people in our house and going through our items. But at the end of the day, I failed to maintain my responsibilities as the head of this household of ensuring the safety of it and my family,” he said.
Bad leprechaun: When Tennessee bank robber David Cotton shook down a bank teller in 2009 dressed as Santa, he claimed he needed the cash to pay his elves. This gave him an idea. For his next robbery, on St. Patrick’s Day, he dressed up like a leprechaun. But his disguise brought Cotton no Irish luck that day; the police gunned him down in the street.