Mary Kydd said her car was parked in her apartment’s underground garage when it was broken into. Miranda Fatur Black Press

How the Grinch stole a Langley senior’s Christmas

Mary Kydd said her car was broken into at her apartment’s underground parking garage last week.

Christmas was stolen out of the trunk of a Langley senior’s car last week, in the form of wrapped gifts for a good cause.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, Mary Kydd went down to her car parked in her Langley City apartment building’s underground garage, and discovered the passenger side window had been smashed, and approximately eight Christmas presents worth upwards of $300 were stolen.

“It’s kind of a Grinch story,” Kydd said.

Kydd volunteers with the Langley Meals on Wheels program, and she explained the gifts had been donated from the organization’s Boutique Finds thrift shop for the annual Meals on Wheels Christmas party silent auction fundraiser.

“It annoys me. I’ve been a social worker, I’m involved in the community. It’s just sad whoever it was, was so desperate. It’s unnerving,” Kydd added.

In addition to the stolen gifts, the communal storage locker in the parkade was also broken into, and the thief took off with a sports bag filled with shoes that Kydd had stored there.

She moved to Langley eight years ago, to be closer to her grandchildren, and has never had a problem with theft or vandalism at her building before.

Despite fewer silent auction presents, the Meals on Wheels party carried on, without Kydd – who was now busy dealing with the aftermath of the theft.

Langley Meals on Wheels executive director Shannon Woykin, said volunteers managed to come up with a few last-minute replacement gifts.

“We were shocked and saddened by the event, but really we felt so bad for Mary. We scrambled and made up some stuff [gifts] so she wouldn’t feel so bad.”

Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy said police are investigating the case, and are waiting for surveillance video from the building’s management.

“Cars get broken into in garages all the time. We’re hoping there will be some good surveillance video to get the guy ID’d,” Largy said.

Kydd’s expenses are a $300 deductible for the car window, and a $500 deductible for the property stolen from the building’s storage – a price tag that she can’t afford to pay at Christmas time.

“It’s too bad because they’re desperate people usually who do that, but maybe they were trying to give Christmas presents,” Kydd concluded.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Voters lined up on the first day of advanced voting to cast their ballot in the 2020 provincial election. Today is general election day, province-wide, and those heading to the polls are asked to respect safety precautions. (Wolf Depner/Black Press Media files)
It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

Students at Brookswood Secondary participated in Student Vote 2020. (Katie Glover/Special to Langley Advance Times)
PHOTOS: Students cast a ballot for Langley candidates

Brookswood Secondary participated in Student Vote 2020

Voting locations in Langley for the 2020 BC provincial election. (Google)
MAP: Voting locations in Langley

Sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Aldergrove legion Branch 265 president Doug Hadley presents a poppy to Langley Township mayor Jack Froese. (Madeline Roach/Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Poppy sales begin at Aldergrove legion branch #265

Branch president Doug Hadley shared the poem Who is a Veteran to begin the time of remembrance

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Fraser South region has doubled in the last two weeks. The number of cases in the Fraser East region has tripled.
Chart: Tyler Olsen
COVID-19 surge in B.C. fuelled by spikes in new cases in Fraser Valley & Surrey area

Number of newly confirmed cases has tripled in Fraser Valley and doubled in the Surrey/Langley area

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

The family of Anika Janz, who died after collapsing at school, has launched a GoFundMe to assist with funeral proceedings. (GoFundMe photo)
Family of student who died launches GoFundMe

Rick Hansen Secondary School student Anika Janz, 14, died after collapsing in PE class

Most Read