Santas in Blue Save a Family Christmas

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Detective German Lopez, right, and Officer Rob Riley background with the Cuenca Family Saturday morning, putting the family Christmas back together again with presents and a Gift Card donated by the White Plains Police and PBA to replace gifts stolen Wednesday.



The Cuenca Children looking over their presents donated by White Plains Police


Officer Rob Riley, Detective German Lopez, Sergeant Marco Garced, Officer Jamel Jones, and Officer Irene Logan observe the children opening the presents police selected for each of the 7 children: Roger,
Evelyn, Anthony,Jared, Jennifer, Johney and Henrey. Dad Rogelio could not be present because he was working at his position as a cook.


White Plains Police spontaneous generosity and compassion saved Christmas for the Cuenca Family of White Plains Saturday morning.

Detective German Lopez  and Officer Rob Riley, President of the White Plains PBA, presented the family with Christmas gifts and Gift Card totaling $1,500 donated by White Plains police officers and the White Plains PBA.

The donation was to replace wrapped Christmas Gifts  stolen from the family apartment on Ferris Avenue during the day while Mom  Maria was out of the apartment  from 10:30 AM to 2 PM and the children were at school and being cared for away from the apartment.

Detective Lopez said when he arrived Wednesday afternoon to investigate the burglary, the seven Cuenca children were all crying because Christmas presents under the  little family tree had been stolen.

A grandfather of three, Detective Lopez was very moved, and Thursday and Friday reached out to department officers to take up a collection to replace the gifts. He talked with the President of the PBA, Officer Rob Riley who agreed the PBA membership would match any money donated that Lopez collected. Riley said the PBA Board approved ” the match” which was donated from PBA dues.

Saturday morning Detective Lopez and Officer Riley arrived to present the gifts and a Gift Card to Mom, and enjoyed the children opening the gifts the police had brought.

Detective Lopez said the door to the apartment had been jimmied by a screwdriver, and theives had also taken $700 cash in addition to the wrapped Christmas gifts. Lopez asked anyone with information that could lead to the apprehension of Gift Burgler or burglers should contact the White Plains Police Department at 914-422-6111, or 914-422-6200.

Officer Riley of the PBA said the police appreciate the White Plains citizens  have a lot of respect for the police in White Plains and the police wanted to help out this family by giving back what they had lost.

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