Marysville family's van stolen with kids' car seats, Christmas presents inside
MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A Marysville mom is desperate for thieves to return her minivan that was stolen from her home over the weekend with all her children's car seats and Christmas presents inside.
"It's been stressful," said Sharon McGregor, a single mother with four boys.
Her oldest son was supposed to be in school in Arlington on Monday, but McGregor couldn't get him there without her vehicle.
McGregor said her van was stolen after a shopping trip. She and her boyfriend went shopping late Thursday for Black Friday deals. When they got home McGregor's kids were still up so she didn't have anywhere to put the gifts.
"We left the presents in the car and (were) like. 'Well, we'll get them in the morning,'" recalled McGregor.
When her boyfriend came outside the next morning the parking space was empty and the van was gone.
McGregor thought her boyfriend was joking when he told her.
"He goes, 'No, it's gone.' I just looked at him. I said, 'The car seats, the presents- what do you mean? It can't be,'" said McGregor, who saved money to purchase the presents for her kids.
"Our Christmas' are about what we need so I had pajamas, socks, and coloring stuff and I had some other special things that they requested that I found on good deals," said McGregor.
The stolen minivan is a 2000 Honda Odyssey that's gray or silver in color. It has scratches on the sliding door of the driver's side with WA license plate BAW8719.
"I'm just hoping that car- the van shows up," said McGregor.
McGregor is facing some financial hardships right now and on a budget so she can't just buy a new car. She has car insurance but it doesn't cover theft.
"It's been difficult. I just need it back," said McGregor.
Friends are now raising money for McGregor through a Go Fund Me campaign. Someone who wishes to remain anonymous donated $1,000.
"Amazing. It touched me," said McGregor, who is concerned that some people think she's just trying to get the gifts replaced.
"I'm a good person - that's what I teach my boys to be," said McGregor. “Just to hear people say that I want a new van or I want all the gifts or money, it's not that I just want the van."
McGregor filed a report with Marysville Police. No one was available Monday for information about the case.