MSP gives family Christmas surprise after break-in

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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GALESBURG, Mich. (WOOD) — Thanks to a Michigan State Police trooper, one West Michigan family will have a very merry Christmas this year after someone swiped their Christmas gifts.

Trooper Benoit, who is based out of the MSP Paw Paw post, investigated a break-in on Nov. 29 at an apartment complex in Galesburg. During the investigation, police found that a 9-year-old boy’s presents had been taken.

Without the boy’s mom knowing, Trooper Benoit reached out the State Trooper Outreach Partnership to find a way to replace the gifts. He had a specific list of presents that the organization was able to replace, including a Harry Potter wand and Pokémon cards.

Friday afternoon, Trooper Benoit made a special delivery to the family’s apartment, surprising the boy’s mom with the gifts.

The State Trooper Outreach Partnership, known an STOP, is a group of troopers and other community members who raise money to help those in need, according to STOP’s Facebook page.

For more information on the partnership, check out the STOP Facebook page.

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