Christmas stolen from Richland family

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A terrifying incident shook up a south Richland family. They had Christmas stolen from them. The family's home was ransacked in broad daylight.

Megan Selander made a big decision last month. She decided to return to work full time. Meaning her eleven year old is now a latchkey kid. Because of that, the family set up strict safety procedures.

"And then go into the office here and use the home phone to call me to let me know she entered the home and locked the door safely," said Megan.

But on Tuesday, Megan got the phone call she dreaded. Her daughter came home and noticed things were missing from one room, and then another. She realized her home was ransacked and then heard a commotion upstairs. The girl ran to the neighbor's in hysterics.

"The stuff doesn't bother me, it's that my daughter had to run screaming out of here in the cold and had the potential to be confronted by these people."

The Grinch who stole this family's Christmas may still have been inside when the little girl got home. The crook or crooks turned the place inside out. They flipped over beds and couches. They crumpled family photos and threw them to the ground. Thousands of dollars of electronics and jewelry, are missing, as well as all of the family's Christmas presents.

"I just don't want this happening to any other child or to the point where people are putting out their Christmas gifts and having someone steal it in a matter of minutes, because it's more than the property, it's stealing their Christmas."

Richland Police say daytime burglaries are more common than we may think. Nearly half of all burglaries happen in the daylight hours.

"I think it just hasn't hit me so much, just the repercussions and the sense of security that was stolen from her."

A sense of security that Megan hopes her daughter will be able to regain someday.

Police say it's likely the home was broken into with just a couple kicks to the back door. Neighbors also reported people knocking on doors, likely trying to identify who was home and who was not. They had a fake story if someone actually answered. Officers have no suspects.