Authorities say as much as it is the season to give, it's also the season the steal. The number of home burglaries often increases this time of year because people are away from home and have a stockpile of Christmas gifts, according to Evansville Police Sgt.
"Any step you take is better than no step but nothing is fool proof," Sgt. Cullum said. "Unfortunately, as determined as you are to keep your stuff, somebody else might be that determined to take it."
A half dozen residential burglaries were reported in Evansville on Monday, including the bizarre burglary of one man's house in which frozen food and a bowling ball were among the things reported stolen.
Crimes of opportunity seldom knock and seldom do they come with a warning.
"Everything basically closed down in my life because of theft," said Cale Winternheimer.
Winternheimer will be the first to tell you he doesn't have a long list of valuables but now, he has a long list of things he's working on getting back.
"I came in Monday and my TV was gone, my home stereo system, my dresser was turned on it's end," Winternheimer said.
The living room was only the beginning of what would be a long day. While at work Monday, Winternheimer's house was ransacked by what he believes to be a group of burglars. Evansville Police quickly responded but the suspects had already left. Winternheimer now spends his time filling out police reports and talking on the phone with his insurance agent
Some of the things stolen in the heist makes sense. Some of the other things didn't.
"They took things out of my freezer like Texas Toast," Winternheimer said. "Who takes Texas Toast out of your freezer?"
That wasn't the only food group.
"They took a couple boxes of brussels sprouts," Winternheimer said. "They also took some asparagus. They stole my bowling ball, who does that? It had my name on it! A lot of this doesn't make sense. Things that are not worth anything to anyone else except to me."
And that's exactly the point, Winternheimer says. The invasion of his home and violation of his personal space left his kids without birthday presents. He had surveillance cameras which fed into his computer. But, you guessed it, that was stolen too.
Winternheimer says it wasn't about the things you can attach value to. It was about the things you can't.
"The biggest thing that's missing is a gold necklace that my mother gave me before she passed away," Winternheimer said. "That's the only thing I can't get back."