By Paul Drewes
(KHNL) - This Christmas, while many of us were breaking into presents and opening up gifts, thieves were breaking into a Mililani home and taking their gifts.
But, the thieves weren't able to steal something very important to the Chang family.
Their house is filled with the dozens of displays, decorations and the Christmas spirit.
"Once everything is up, the lights, the decorations - that is my enjoyment. I really enjoy Christmas very much," says Sandra Chang.
But after a picture perfect Monday morning filled with family, presents and a visit with relatives, the Changs returned to their home to see it had become the scene of a very "un-Christmas" like crime.
"The door at the top of the stairs is wide open and I realize someone had broken in. At first, I thought they only took the presents, the opened and unopened ones. But then my husbands called me into the bedroom and when I saw that, I lost it, I started to cry," she says.
The thieves targeted jewelry and electronics. And, like a grinch with a heart two sizes too small, they even took the kids half filled piggy banks as well.
But, even with the loss of tens of thousands of dollars worth of items, there is something criminals could not take from the Changs...their Christmas spirit.
"We have to be thankful that we weren't at home and no one was hurt so we have a lot to be thankful for."
The Changs believe the thieves had been to the house before, because they knew exactly where to get the most valuable stuff.