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Police officers play Santa for family whose Christmas presents were stolen

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 19: City of Miami police officer, Earnest Lawrence, shops during the "Shop with a Cop" program that helps the Police Athletic League give gifts to children during the holiday season at a Target store on December 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between November 27 and December 15 may have been stolen.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 19: City of Miami police officer, Earnest Lawrence, shops during the "Shop with a Cop" program that helps the Police Athletic League give gifts to children during the holiday season at a Target store on December 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between November 27 and December 15 may have been stolen. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

After a burglar stole a suburban New York family's Christmas presents from under the tree, police played Santa.

The Journal-News reports that White Plains police presented the Cuenca-Orzuna family Saturday with $1,500 worth of gift cards and several toys.

Officers raised the money, with contributions from their union and police officials, after the family's apartment was ransacked last week.

Detective German Lopez says the thief or thieves took the gifts awaiting the family's four children, plus presents for several cousins. Lopez says even the children's piggy banks were gone.

It happened while dad Rogelio Orzuna was at his job as a cook, and mom Maria Cuenca was running errands.

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Lopez says officers felt they "couldn't let these kids go without a Christmas."

Cuenca says the family is very thankful.

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