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Dec 17, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

One Day After Porch Pirates Steal This Family's Christmas Gifts, The Church Does Something Amazing

Noel Rivera of Riverview, Florida recounted the heartbreaking incident in which "porch pirate" thieves stole his children's Christmas gifts in a Facebook post which has since gone viral.

In the video, two women are seen grabbing the boxes, five in all, which Noel said were full of clothes and toys for his own kids.

"The video shows how excited they were when they realized it was kids clothes," Rivera said. "Hope they fit their kids because seems they may not have for Christmas. If they would have just asked I would have bought their kids even more than they stole."

The next day, however, Rivera caught a totally different surprise on his security cameras. A group of men which Rivera calls his "church family" were seen dropping off several packages at his door.

"Hey, listen," one man said to the camera. "I hope your packages come back, but we just wanted to help you guys out."

"25hrs [sic] exactly after 2 ladies thought it would be ok to steal Christmas presents from my front door," Rivera wrote in a follow-up post, "my church family shows up at my front door unannounced showing Christ’s love. Christ is the reason for the season. These are the things that need to be remembered during this time and always."

Police identified the thieves as Briella Johnson, 20, and Kellie Larkee, 38. Johnson has been arrested for grand and petit theft, according to WTSP, and police are seeking a warrant for Larkee.



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