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Family tries to steal Christmas

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Police found stolen items had been wrapped and placed around the Christmas tree. Police found stolen items had been wrapped and placed around the Christmas tree.
GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

It's a sight any child would love to wake up to, so many presents under the Christmas tree that they spilled out into the floor.

The problem is the parents are accused of stealing all the gifts, and police said the crime was a family affair.

A group of seven people is charged with stealing the gifts.

"This was the easiest way for them to get everything on their Christmas list," said Gallatin police spokesperson Bill Storment.

Five of the suspects are adults, two are juveniles.

Police said the mom and dad, Jenny and Christopher Andrews, went with their kids, their 20-year-old daughter and her friends to the Gallatin Wal-Mart and waited in the parking lot for the younger bunch to do the stealing.

"They drove them up there for the express purpose of shoplifting," said Storment. "They knew the items were stolen, knew what the girls were doing when they went in the store."

Surveillance video from Wal-Mart showed one of the teens in a Portland High School T-shirt.

School officials identified the girl as one of their students.

Inside the home of the teen's older sister, police hit the Jingle Bell jackpot for evidence.

It wasn't hard for police to find the stolen stash, they spotted it almost immediately under the Christmas tree.

A total of more than $3,500 in stolen merchandise was wrapped in holiday paper, enough to overflow Santa's sleigh and the small living room.

Police also found empty Walmart baskets.

"I think what disturbs you the most is obviously people walked out with that many items and not pay for it, but also a lot of the items were electronic and geared toward adults," said Storment.

The family may have tried to steal for Christmas, but they ended up with a tree fit for a Grinch and a load of trouble.

All seven face theft charges. The adults are also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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