Santa Comes Early to Escondido



CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487


What started off as a rather routine police call, ended with a tremendous act of kindness to a mother of three.

On Friday December 16, 2011, just before midnight, 30-year-old Rebecca Lojeske from Valley Center, was finishing her Christmas shopping but needed to make one last stop before heading home. Rebecca stopped momentarily at a local drug store to pick up some photos. However when she returned to her car, she noticed that someone had entered her car and stolen all of her Christmas presents.

Rebecca has three children, a 9-year-old son, a 3-1/2 year-old son and a 13-month-old daughter. Rebecca works very hard to make ends meet. Rebecca saved all that she had in order to give her children a special Christmas. Rebecca was devastated at this loss. Rebecca called Escondido Police to report the theft. When the first officer arrived on scene, he knew that he needed to do more than just take a report. The responding officer broadcasted the theft and a list of the stolen items over the police radio in hopes that another officer might find the suspect(s) with the stolen gifts.

After completing the report, every officer working Friday night as well as the dispatcher on the call reached into their own wallets and pulled together more than $300 in cash to replace the stolen items.

On the morning of Saturday, Dec. 17, two Escondido Police Officers drove to Rebecca’s house and delivered the following replacement gifts:

4-boxes of Matchbox cars

1- Razor scooter

1- Case of Mega Blocks

1-Mega Blocks toy bus

2-Fisher-Price Dinosaurs

1-Hot Wheels race track + batteries

2- Polly Pockets toys

1-set of Scooby Doo PJ's

1- girls PJ's

1-Angry Birds T-Shirt

2-Sets of Legos

In addition to the toys and clothes, the officers gave Rebecca a $50 Visa gift card and a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. 

These young officers likely have financial struggles of their own, as do many people in our community, and yet they selflessly put their needs aside to help a stranger.

One of the involved officers stated, “We all know that we work in a profession that regularly see the ugliest side of society. Our graveyard team is not looking for any special recognition.  We all took great pride in being able to help someone in need.”  

“Escondido residents should be very proud of their Police Department, I know that I am every day and this is a great example why.” Chief Jim Maher said.

The suspects who stole from this considerate mother of three did not care what their actions did to her or her children and for that reason, I am happy to report the following score: GOOD GUYS, 1, Bad Guys, 0.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at Escondido_PD.

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