A 39-year-old Tumwater man said he was devastated Christmas after he came home Tuesday night to find his home burglarized - his sons' Christmas gifts swiped from under the Christmas tree and at least $6,000 in camera equipment missing.
"It's devastating, I'm angry, I'm upset, I'm shocked, I'm sick and I'm trying to rely on my faith like I have never had to before," Tim Rogers said in a phone interview Wednesday. "This whole thing is like a nightmare."
Tumwater Police Lt. Patti Mize confirmed Wednesday that an officer took the burglary report after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Rogers said he came home from visiting friends Tuesday night to find the living room thrashed, with the stockings for his two sons, ages 7 and 10, unwrapped. The Christmas presents for the boys were gone, he added.
The thief or thieves forced entry by ripping a screen off a window and jamming it open, Rogers said. A responding Tumwater police officer dusted for fingerprints, he added.
Rogers said he shares custody with his two sons, and when they visit on Sunday, he will have to tell them what happened to all of their presents. Rogers, a part-time photographer, also lost a secondary source of income with the theft of his cameras. He added that he does not have renter's insurance.
"I'm a paycheck to paycheck single parent," he said. Rogers said he is still considering how he will break the news to his children. The thief of thieves also entered the boys' bedroom and broke a piggy bank.
Rogers said he was in a daze on Christmas, one day after the burglary. He added that it appears the suspect or suspects went through his home quickly, took what they could and left.
"I'm thankful that no one got hurt," he added. "I'm just hoping that my faith will get me through it."
Later on Wednesday, Olympia Police Sgt. Dan Duncan said police were investigating a residential burglary of an apartment in the 2900 block of Limited Lane. Olympia police had identified a suspect, Duncan said, but it was unclear Wednesday whether the two burglaries were even related.
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