California city helps soldier replace stolen gifts

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LODI, Calif. (AP) - An Army corporal on leave from his third tour in Afghanistan will be able to give his family the Christmas he wanted thanks to the generosity of a Northern California city.

KCRA-TV in Sacramento reports that residents, firefighters and police officers in Lodi gave gifts and cash Saturday to replace the thousands of dollars' worth of presents that robbers took from Cpl. Chris Petrossian's home.

Petrossian was still in Afghanistan when his frightened wife called on Monday to tell him about the break-in.

An iPad and digital camera were among the gifts he had ordered online and shipped home as a surprise.

He tells KCRA he has been able to replace most of the stolen gifts with the community's donations.

Lodi is about 35 miles south of Sacramento.

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