CT man looks to help mom whose car full of Christmas gifts was stolen

Clinton police are looking for suspects allegedly involved in stealing cars in the area. (Clinton Police)

A mother is hoping her three daughters will have presents to unwrap this Christmas after her car was stolen in Clinton, along with hundreds of gifts inside.

After seeing her story on Eyewitness News, a man from Oakdale reached out, looking to help give the girls the Christmas they deserve.

Darryl Marcaurele said he knew he had to do something to help the family in Clinton.

"The least we can do is help out in whatever way we can,” he said.

Jade Reilly saved up hundreds of dollars to go shopping on Black Friday for Christmas gifts, but she left them in her car overnight. When she woke up the next day, she found out her car had been stolen, and those gifts were nowhere to be found.

"Then you've got to decide between Christmas, utilities, the heat, whatever. It's tough ... $400 dollars to a family like that means a lot,” Marcaurele said.

Reilly wasn’t the only victim. Dozens of cars were broken into and several were stolen from Clinton early Saturday morning.

"Just thinking of them, taking my car laughing ... and having fun in it is even worse. I know they don't know how serious it is, to them it’s a game,” Reilly said.

Marcaurele started collecting used or gently-used bikes about one month ago, and on his own time he began fixing them up.

His plan is to donate the bikes to children in need this holiday season.

He wants to fix up three bikes for Jade and give them to her daughters, who are 13, 10 and 3 years old.

"Hopefully, the look on their face when they get something like that ... it's all worth it,” Marcaurele said.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up by Reilly’s cousin, and they are hoping to raise money so she can replace what was lost. You can find the page here.

On Monday evening, Eyewitness News learned that Reilly got her car back, but said it has a missing bumper and a broken glove box.

In the meantime, Clinton police are now following up on leads, hoping to catch those responsible.

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