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How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Rossville family robbed

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Story by Callie Starnes
Eyewitness News Reporter/Anchor

ROSSVILLE, GA. (WRCB)-- A Rossville family feels like the Grinch stole Christmas.

Thieves broke into their home taking tools, presents, even the Christmas tree!

They say they know who's behind the crime, but police aren't convinced.

"Our Christmas tree, they took our Christmas tree, and I really don't expect the Grinch to be riding back up the driveway on his sled to drop it off," says Donna Evatt.

Donna and David Evatt say they feel like they've been cut off at the knees.

Thousands of dollars in tools, presents for their six children, camping materials, even the Christmas tree, are all gone.

"I've got no tears left, because since it happened I've cried everyday about it," says Donna.

While the thieves literally stole Christmas, David Evatt says it's the stolen tools that have left his heating and air business crippled.

"It's really personal to a man that works with his tools when they are missing, because that's your livelihood, and your customers suffer from it too," says David Evatt.

To add insult to injury, the couple claims to know who robbed them.

While renovating a house, David says he's allowed several of them to live there.

He says one of them was trying to get his life together, so David offered him a job.

But when he threw a party at the house causing damage, David threw him out.

"We kicked him out, then two days later all of our stuff is gone," says David.

Since then, David says the man has admitted to the crime, but police have not found enough evidence to charge him.

David didn't keep up with serial numbers. There's no way for authorities to track the majority of the stolen items.

As investigators work to secure a suspect, David and Donna keep plugging away in hopes of being in their new home by Christmas.

While they plan to replace the tools and keep working, they say they'll think twice before hiring help.

"We had hired him so I wouldn't have to crawl under houses to install ductwork. I'm going back to crawling under housing so I can install ductwork," says Donna.

"It makes you wonder if you should help people or not," says David.

We're not naming the man because he hasn't been charged.

But he and David will go before a magistrate next month, and hopefully hash it all out.

The Evatts just hope police are able to retrieve their belongings.

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