WILLIAMSPORT, Ky. (WYMT) - One Johnson County family was the target of a home burglary just two days before Thanksgiving.
They say their home was broken into sometime Tuesday afternoon and that the burglars got away with more than $20,000 worth of items.
They say it has always been a quiet area until Tuesday.
"It was just a pretty traumatic experience," said James Williams.
As Williams and his family were decorating for Christmas, they began to notice something was not right. Several electronics were missing, and his wife's jewelry box was also gone.
"We're talking rings, earring, and necklaces. Every single thing i've ever bought her is gone," said Williams
They say it looks like the burglars came through the back porch and entered through the sliding door. They say the burglars pulled hard enough to break the lock on the door.
"My stepdaughter she was crying in her room, and my daughter she had to stay with her grandmother because she was so scared," said Williams.
Sheriff's deputies say burglaries are more common this time of year because thieves like to target Christmas gifts.
"That's the big presents that kids like to have is iPhones and iPads," said Deputy Scott Hazlette.
"Pretty much everything we got last year for Christmas is gone this year," said Williams.
Williams says what is worse is the sentimental value behind many of the items, especially ones in the jewelry box.
"All the sentimental cards, the first cards my daughters had wrote to her and gave her for Mother's Day. All those were in there too, and I imagine those are just debris in the trash now," he said.
He says now they are more thankful than ever for each other.
"We're still thankful that we're alive, that it happened during the day," he said.
Anyone with information about this burglary should contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.