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Subdeacon Joe

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And fantastic that the community kicked in to help the family.




LODI, Calif. (KCRA) —A
Lodi soldier, just home after 17 months in Afghanistan, is busy
replacing Christmas presents stolen from his family two days before his


Army Cpl. Chris Petrossian told KCRA 3 News that somebody
broke into his home Monday afternoon while his wife and two children
were away.

Cheryl Petrossian found the entire home in shambles with every room in the house torn apart.

Missing was about $5,000 worth of family presents, including video games, a GoPro camera, a digital camera and an iPad.

being gone that long you want to have a good Christmas and good
homecoming,” Petrossian said. “This year I went all out and brought a
lot of extra stuff and they have it now.”

The soldier,
who protected members of the Army Corp of Engineers in Afghanistan, said
he did his shopping on-line before coming home.

“It was all
sitting on the desk and they just ripped open all the packages and
helped themselves to whatever they wanted, which was everything,” he

Petrossian says the thieves broke in through the window in a child’s room in the back of the house.

One neighbor has provided a description of a possible suspect to police.

Saturday night, Cookie Petrossian was placing ornaments on a Christmas
tree with a good holiday ahead, thanks to the generosity of Lodi

Among the gifts, a large donation from Lodi police and
firefighters who collected money to assist the young family. The
donations have been so generous that Petrossian replaced about 75
percent of what was stolen.

“Lodi is a great town. I have lived here a long time and absolute strangers, complete strangers have come together,” he said.

“The community has been really great, making it easier for us.”

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