Thief Rains on Baby Shower: Every Gift Stolen from Couple Expecting in March

Three days after the shower, it was all taken away after a midday car burglary—including the list compiles of all of the gifts with their gifters' names

A young married couple expecting their first son in March suffered a serious blow after a thief broke into their vehicle Wednesday afternoon and took almost every single baby gift they received at their recent baby shower, Big Apple Bagel Franchise Owner Gina Hampton told Patch.

Hampton's son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Annie, co-own the local bagel joint at 1925 Main St. She said an informal baby shower was thrown on Sunday for the young couple to help get their feet on the ground and be fully prepared for the impending baby boy.

"We had this big party on Sunday... a couple hundred people showed up in and out," Hampton said. "It was just so nice. I was really shocked at how giving the customers were."

The franchise owner told Patch that through the generosity of the community, Joe and Annie had been given diapers, baby bags, a breast pump—all the necessities for first-time parents.

And then, three days after the shower, it was all taken away after a midday car burglary—including the list compiles of all of the gifts with their gifters' names.

"To take baby things is unbelievable," Hampton said. "There was expensive stuff... clothing, baskets, diapers were taken, wipes were taken, a Diaper Genie, a breast pump was taken, diaper bags."

According to Hampton, a thief broke open the driver's side window of Joe and Annie's car, which was parked in the parking lot behind the bagel shop on Feb. 13. Their insurance will not cover the broken window, Hampton said.

"These people knew there was alarm because they wouldn't open the doors. They took everything threw the window," she said, except for a box of diapers that wouldn't fit through the space.

Hampton said brand new car parts that were in the vehicle and $900 in cash from wallets were also taken. She said they're still putting together an estimate of the value of all that was taken and a report has been filed with the Sheriff's Department.

As for leaving the gifts in the car, Hampton said the young couple simply just didn't have time to unload the gifts.

"They haven't had any time... they work constantly and are going to doctor's visits," she said.

Hampton said a registration was found in the trash can nearby, possibly from the suspect who used some of the baby clothes to wipe up a mess inside the car.

"One of our customers took like six months to knit this nice blanket," Hampton said. "That got taken. That's not something that can be replaced."

Annie is due March 6, but Hampton said she'll most likely deliver early.

"We had this beautiful shower, it turned out way better than we thought it would and now all of a sudden it's all [ruined]."

Melissa Renner February 14, 2013 at 09:21 PM
If they have homeowners or renters insurance, it may cover their belongings. Comprehensive auto insurance only covers items attached to the vehicle in most cases.
Melissa Renner February 14, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Awful of any thief to take items like this.
exramonian February 14, 2013 at 11:21 PM
That is why Ramona is no longer our home
exramonian February 14, 2013 at 11:23 PM
It is a shame too, all of our kids and my husband all graduated from Ramona High School. Drugs and crime have overtaken Ramona.
Katie King February 14, 2013 at 11:57 PM
This makes me so sad:( i see them working so hard when I go to big apple and It's so upsetting that someone did this to them.
D February 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Thats a very sad situation! But they couldn't find time in 3 days to unload anything?? That is something you do as soon as you get home, I feel bad for the couple but still.
Lyn Jaggi February 15, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I am sO sorry for Joe and Annie. This makes me very very sad. They are the sweetest couple ever. I pray they will somehow, through loved ones and/or insurance, or some way be able to recover what has been taken by the time little Joey arrives. My heart goes out to them as they must feel very violated and be hurting. Lyn Jaggi
sandra j February 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
i agree. who leaves $900 unattended in (how many?) wallets? and why even load the presents into the car in the first place? i'm sorry for your loss, but there's a lesson here that most of us learned long ago.
Tiffany February 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Tiffany February 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Something so very FISHY about thisn whole thing. ***PEOPLE DON'T BE FOOLED OR SUCKED IN!!!**** After the Sunday shower why wouldn't you go home & unload, wash, put away baby clothes, formula, etc. And then to evidenly not value your gifts in such a way that you fail to put take them out of your car and in your home and purposely leave them in your car for 3 days? And then leave wallets (plural) filled with $900 in cash (I am sorry that's more than I have to carry around) & valuable car parts too? And then you park your car behind the shop you own where you cannot even see it, knowing you have all those valuable things in it? COME ON PEOPLE! Anyone knows a car is not a safe place to keep valuables. These do not appear to be poor, down trotten, hard on their luck people. It would be nice if the good hearted people of Ramona helped the truly needy.
Paula February 20, 2013 at 09:20 PM
To Tiffany, shut it, you know nothing! These are wonderful people, who not only work in our town but live here too! They had the Baby Shower at BAB, thus why they had to put the items into the car. As for where they parked, duh it is the entrance they use to get in at O-dark thirty, so I don't see pregnant mama parking in the front and walking to the back at that time! To everyone else, THANK YOU... they welcomed their little boy this weekend and I know they appreciate all the warm wishes.
sandra j February 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM
why did they put them in the car? couldn't they leave them inside the building for a few days? or, in the case of the cash-filled wallets, in their pockets? congratulations on the baby, and best wishes!


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