Operation & # 39; Bad Santa & # 39 ;: head-breaking thief who stole Christmas presents from a single mother and then donated them to his own family is imprisoned
- Vashni Seleni Ulufale, 23, stole Christmas presents and was then gifted to his son again
- The thief, by the police & # 39; bad Santa Claus & # 39; called, stole a TV, iPad, jewelry and a new bike
- The police invaded the house and forced him to unpack stolen presents for the family
- He was sentenced to 16 months in prison with the possibility of house detention
A thief who broke into a single mother's house, stole her Christmas presents and gave them to his own family again, ended up in jail.
Vashni Seleni Ulufale, 23, raided the house in southeastern Hamilton, New Zealand, 11 days before Christmas.
The single mother who lived there, known only as Angela, was at work and her son was in childcare.
Ulufale stole a television, iPad, jewelry, alcohol and her son's new bicycle from under the Christmas tree, the New Zealand Herald reported.
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Vashni Seleni Ulufale, 23, (photo) raided the house in southeastern Hamilton, New Zealand, 11 days before Christmas
A search warrant was issued to Ulufale's South Auckland after Angela caught him trying to sell some of her gifts online.
The police raided Ulufale's house and he had to unpack all the stolen presents for the police and his family.
Officers found the bike that Angela had bought for her son, who had been removed from the box.
Ulufale appeared in court on Thursday when he was sentenced to 16.5 months in prison, but he will be given the opportunity to request a house arrest.
Judge Josephine Bouchier protested against & # 39; bad Santa & # 39; and said his decision to rob the house around Christmas & # 39; devastating & # 39; was for the family.
It was also revealed in court that his own family has since rejected him for his crimes.
However, Angela did not choose to harbor hatred toward the man, saying she feels & # 39; for the man & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It's a very tough world and he's just trying to take care of his family – you understand how people get stuck in his situation, but there's a lot of help too, so it's not really an excuse for what he did , & # 39; She told the NZ Herald.
While sympathizing with Ulufale, she still said she was grateful that the police caught him and said she was worried about her safety after she was robbed.
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