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Burglars almost get away with $12,000 worth of gifts

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Updated: 12/19/2013 6:19 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Holiday burglars didn't get the gift they were hoping for in St. Augustine.
Thieves thought they'd gotten away with $12,000 worth of loot but their plans were foiled not even an hour later, by police.
"My fiancé said 'Our TV is gone' and I'm like 'what' and honestly I thought he was joking and then realized he wasn't joking," said the victim.
A kitchen window was shattered and their home was ransacked. The thieves took a flat-screen TV, an Xbox, a laptop, two iPads, kitchen appliances, and even an engagement ring.
"You feel like somebody invaded your privacy and they certainly did," she said.
Police got their first lead on the suspects two days before the burglary even happened.
Officers said they warned a man against squatting at a nearby vacant home, and that's the first place they checked after the couple called for help.
"There's people that have been squatting, things have been left open, just check those houses for us and that's what they did," said the victim.
Detectives saw the stolen TV through the window of home on the same block. Inside, officers recovered almost everything that had been stolen.
"We did collect some fingerprints that night and sent them off to the lab and if we come up with a match, of course we can move forward with the case," said Mark Samson, public information officer for the St. Augustine Police Department. Right now police say they just don't have enough to make an arrest, and it will be another four to six weeks before the results from the fingerprints come back.
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