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Indianapolis family trying to recover after burglar steals child's clothes

Posted at 12:51 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 05:36:46-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis family is trying to move forward after someone broke into their home and stole their kids' clothes and toys.

Ian Minerve noticed the break-in first and what the criminals stole.

"I looked over here and I said, 'Oh my goodness, there's a hole in our garage," he said. "It was just mixed emotions of frustration and anger. My wife's clothes, since she's pregnant, were stored in here."

Clothes and accessories they were planning to hand down to the child they are expecting in a few weeks were also stolen.

"The stroller's gone, the bouncer's gone, the high chair's gone," Ian said.

"I was trying to keep the composure for the kids," Jocelyn Minerve said. "I was just devastated. It's been like a storm the past few days."

The Minerves also lost two bikes, along basketballs Ian uses in school when he teaches.

"It frustrates me, it angers me and it just makes me really concerned about my kids," he said.

Now they're trying to figure out how to rebuild.

"I was like, 'What are we gonna do?' We don't have anything for the baby and nothing for the kids," Jocelyn said. "My husband and I are both teachers. Teachers don't make millions of dollar."

Then the story took an unlikely turn Monday when the Minerves were driving a few blocks from their home. They looked out the windshield and couldn't believe what they were seeing.

"I'm like, 'Those are our bikes,'" Ian said. "Instantly, both of our bloods boiled. Let's confront them, let's handle it and I thought about (Jocelyn). I thought about the baby. I don't know what they can or can't do."

They called police, which is exactly what authorities say someone should do in that situation. If someone steals your belongings and you track it down, let IMPD help you get it back.

The Minerves got their bikes back, and they're hoping someone may be able to help them recoup their kids' clothes for two-year-old Natalie, five-year-old Monty and another on the way. All their clothes from three months and older are gone.

"Who steals from a child?" Jocelyn said. "You're stealing from a baby."

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