By Jeremy Pawloski
The Olympian / (MCT)
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 at a home off 12th Avenue on Tumwater Hill.
Rogers said he came home from visiting friends Tuesday night to find the living room trashed, with the stockings for his two sons, ages 7 and 10, unwrapped. The Christmas presents for the boys were gone, he said.
The thief or thieves forced their way inside 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 their presents. Rogers said he is still considering how he will break the news to his children. The thief or thieves also entered the boys’ bedroom and broke a piggy bank.
Rogers, a part-time photographer, also lost a secondary source of income with the theft of his cameras. He added he does not have renter’s insurance.
“I’m a paycheck-to-paycheck single parent,” he said.
He added it appears the suspect or suspects went through his home quickly, took what they could and left.
Rogers said he was in a daze on Christmas, one day after the burglary.
“I’m thankful that no one got hurt,” he added. “I’m just hoping that my faith will get me through it.”
Later 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 related.