HESPERIA For one Hesperia family, the Christmas spirit is alive an well. After a real-life Grinch made off with the family's Christmas gifts Friday night, several people, including Hesperia San Bernardino County Sheriff's station deputies and SuperTarget officials, came together to make sure the family had a happy holiday.


"It was great to see people come together," said Sgt. Doug Hubbard on Christmas Eve.


On Friday night, deputies Jeff Woulfe and Scott LaFond were called out to the 11300 block of Balsam Avenue for a burglary call. Several witnesses reported seeing a man leaving the home carrying several bags, according to a news release. The man left the area in a 1990s light blue Honda with a dent on the fender.


What the man was carrying was the family's Christmas gifts including a PS3 console, DVD movies, toys and all of the mother's jewelry, officials said.


The victim, a single mother, was distraught as she had saved up to purchase the gifts for her 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.


News of the theft spread throughout the station and several deputies and their families came together to donate money and gifts to the family. Deputy Kevin McCurdy and his family gave them a brand new gaming console.


Saturday morning, sheriff's officials learned SuperTarget officials were willing to donate items to the family headed by the single mother, Hubbard said. While waiting for the donation at the store, curious shoppers asked the deputies what they were doing. When they heard about the theft, Hubbard said several shoppers opened their hearts and wallets and also gave the the family.


That afternoon, residents learned of the crime, and went to the Hesperia station to drop off some wrapped gifts, Hubbard said.


Like a band of Santa's elves, sheriff 's officials delivered the gifts and cash to the grateful family on Christmas Eve.


The grinchy thief is still outstanding and anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Hesperia station at (760) 947-1500. He's described as a male wearing dark clothes.