A Sioux Falls mother is sending out a reminder during this holiday shopping season — don’t leave gifts in your car.
Heaven Cain, a single mother of two, found that out the hard way.
Her car was parked in a public parking ramp with about $300 worth of Christmas toys for her kids inside of it.
But when she went to get in her car, the toys were gone along with other personal belongings.
This picture shows just some of the damage the thieves left behind when they broke into Cain’s car.
“My window was smashed in and I realized my stuff had been gone through,” Cain said.
She also discovered all the toys she had bought for her two boys were gone. The single mother works full-time at this diner downtown and had been working extra hours this year, just for Christmas.
“I was saving up money in a jar all summer, throwing my change in there, throwing loose dollars in there just so at Christmas time I could buy the presents with that money and not have to take away money from my bills, like usually do, I stress out right before Christmas, what am I going to do who do I not get gifts for so I can get gifts for my kids,” Cain said.
Cain realizes she made a mistake now, but she says she thought they would be safe and didn’t want to spoil her kids’ Christmas.
“If I would have brought them in, but they would have snuck, they would have looked, because they do it all the time, so I just thought cover them up in the car I’ll do it tonight when they are sleeping, they won’t see anything,” Cain said.
Cain has two messages; one for shoppers to not leave gifts in their cars and the other is for the thieves.
“I know there are so many people out there struggling, so I hope that whoever took it I hope they need it a lot more than I do,” Cain said.
Cain also had to pay almost $200 to get her car window fixed. She says so many people are offering to help her, but she is sincere when she says she’s not looking for help or sympathy, she just doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else.
But she messaged KELOLAND News telling us the workers from the Vishnu Bunny Tattoo shop across the street just left her a $450 tip.