South Brunswick officers play Santa for victims of burglary

South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka recognized the efforts of a half dozen officers who made sure a township boy had presents under his tree this Christmas.

On Dec. 17, police took a report of a burglary to a Dayton home. Detectives began investigating and soon learned that the suspect had stolen presents that a single mother was going to give to her 5-year-old autistic son on Christmas, police said. The mom explained that she had spent all her money buying the gifts and was unable to replace them.

The officers decided to coordinate with the local PBA to buy they young boy presents. On Christmas Eve morning, officers showed up at the home and gave a tearful mom the presents, police said. The PBA and officers were able to more than double the number of presents for the child.

“These are the kind of officers who make up the outstanding department we have,” Hayducka said. “They wanted to make sure this little boy had a Christmas this year and pulled together to make it possible. They represent the best of our department.”

The investigation into the burglary is ongoing.