Years of holiday traditions, memorabilia stolen from West Palm Beach family
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A family's holiday tradition disappears in the blink of an eye.
Everything from ornaments to family heirlooms and even their children’s baby shoes were all snatched while their backs were turned for mere minutes.
Now, police are trying to find leads so they can help the heartbroken family who are now without 10 years of their Christmas tree decorations.
The Platt family absolutely loves when the calendar rolls around to Christmas.
The sights and the sounds and the festivities surrounding the sacred holiday.
One of the highlights of their family gathering is to decorate the tree with ornaments that have stood the test of time.
“Those things can’t mean anything to anybody else.” Tatiana Platt said.
But that somebody else did take their joy and turned it into sorrow.
On Tuesday, they took the carefully labeled and neatly stacked crates of ornaments outside and left them just feet from the front door.
When Dad pulled the car around less than 10 minutes later to take them to storage, everything was gone.
“It’s a terrible shame that someone came along and took them and not realizing how much hurt they were going to cause to a family,” Tatiana Platt said while flanked by her two young daughters.
But were the ornaments stolen or did someone think they were being given away and just left on the curb?
Seven-year-old Riva believes it’s the work of a thief.
“Why would a person do that? What were they going to do with it? It just made me heartbroken to figure out that they were all gone,” she said.
Heartbroken. That's exactly how her older sister, 8-year-old Xenia, feels.
“Memories that we may never be able to see again just wiped out,” she said. “Christmas is happiness. Not sadness and depression.”
But regardless of who took them or why, Tatiana Platt has a message to get out.
“Please return them,” she said. “No questions asked. All we want to do is preserve our memories are family and our families traditions all we want to do is preserve our memories are family and our families traditions.”
West Palm Beach police are working on getting some leads. The family is sharing their story in the hopes someone might know something.
Sadly, Tatiana Platt every hours that goes by, she feels they'll never see the ornaments again.
If you have any information, you’re urged to contact the West Palm Beach Police Department.