The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

December 3, 2013

The Grinch stole their Christmas

OTTUMWA — One Ottumwa family’s holiday season was made significantly more difficult this year after they discovered the house they were moving out of had been broken into.

Just like out of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, thieves knocked down the basement door to the home of Erin and Lori Montgomery and took just about everything they owned.

Three weeks ago, they went back to their old home at the corner of Phillips and Third streets to get some things to take to their new house only to find that strangers had apparently spent a good deal of time in their old home. The boxes that were ready to be moved were supposed to be sitting in the upstairs of the house, but instead they were emptied and thrown about the downstairs.

Not only that, but they noticed several things had been taken. Loads of collectibles and items passed down from generations were missing or tossed on the floor. Even their washer and dryer had been taken from the basement.

“The thing that upsets us the most is we had collectibles and Christmas presents for our children,” Erin said.

Thankfully, they had moved a good deal of items to their new residence, but what was left was either taken or destroyed. A big screen television that was in the upstairs was destroyed, then left in the hallway. Another closet was nearly full before the robbers came, and after they left only a few sweaters were left.

With all of the things that were taken from the home, it is likely that whoever stole the items was in the house for a good amount of time. But, unfortunately, the Montgomerys' former neighbors did not notice anything at the house, according to Erin.

They have contacted the pawn shops, flea markets and thrift stores in the area, Erin said, but there isn’t a whole lot they can do unless someone shows up with their items. He said police do not have any leads on who could have broken into their home, so help from the community is greatly appreciated.

“It is heartbreaking more than anything else,” Erin said. “Getting the stuff back is one thing, but the main thing for us is catching who did this so we can stop them from doing it to the next person.”

Anyone with information about who could have ruined this family’s holidays is encouraged to contact the Montgomerys or the Ottumwa Police Department.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Jury begins deliberations DAVENPORT — The fate of a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife is in the hands of a jury in Scott County, which began deliberations Wednesday and will continue deliberating today.The jury began deliberations about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the ca

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Van Buren says bye-bye to Waste Management KEOSAUQUA — Waste Management has been charging the Van Buren Community School District an average of nearly $1,600 a month to remove waste and recycled materials from the Douds and Keosauqua centers. Now faced with a bidding process, Waste Management

    July 23, 2014

  • Pesticide use is not all bad OTTUMWA — When you pick up a grocery ad, it seems like every other page has a produce item stamped USDA Organic, meaning that those items were spared from chemicals including Glyphosate, the most common pesticide in the world. As the Organic Food Mov

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Kitchen Science color photo -L -T Kitchen science sparks curiosity OTTUMWA — A lucky group of children spent Wednesday morning experimenting with kitchen science and creating geysers of foam at the Knights of Columbus hall. The Kitchen Science performance was presented by Waterloo's Grout Museum and is part of the O

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prosecution: All evidence points to Techel as killer DAVENPORT — Just as all roads lead to Rome, so all evidence points to a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife, according to the prosecution. Assistant Attorney General Andrew Prosser, who is prosecuting the case for the third time, said defe

    July 23, 2014

  • Making something of themselves OTTUMWA — Community leaders this week heard how Ottumwa's Job Corps started from nothing yet became successful. But they also heard from students who said they were doing nothing until they found success through Job Corps. "After I dropped out of hig

    July 23, 2014

  • New charges filed in abuse case OTTUMWA — A single charge against a man for sexual abuse has been replaced by a new trial information, and authorities are throwing the book at him. Grant Troxel was initially charged in early June with sexual abuse. But the new list of charges indic

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT car investigation color photo -L Tip led to Tuesday arrest OTTUMWA — There was more to the incident Tuesday in which officers surrounded a car near U.S. Bank in downtown Ottumwa than just a routine traffic stop. Police Chief Tom McAndrew said Jason Tobek, 36, is in custody and faces charges of interference w

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eldon man gets five year prison term KEOSAUQUA — An Eldon man was sentenced to five years in prison in Van Buren District Court for his role in an October 2012 altercation in Selma, which escalated into shots being fired into the home or Randall Ritz, 11883 Bridge St., Selma. Donald E.

    July 23, 2014

  • Emergency council meeting Friday OTTUMWA — Ottumwa’s City Council will meet for a second time this week, this time to discuss an emergency problem at the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility. The special meeting will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the council chambers. Earlier

    July 23, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook