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Bold burglar steals cash, Christmas presents from home while family sleeps inside

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BATON ROUGE - A 22-year-old has been arrested in connection with an act of theft that shocked a family and community during the holiday season.

According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office (EBRSO), Aaron Ruffin was arrested Thursday for allegedly entering a family's home while they were asleep and stealing presents from under their Christmas tree.

Surveillance video shows a suspect, believed to be Ruffin, boldly entering the Rolling Meadows Subdivision home while the family inside is sleeping.

Neighbors say they're nervous. 

"It's scary around here," said Celeste Jarreau, a homeowner.

The crime happened just before 3:00 a.m. Monday. Investigators said the door of the home was left unlocked and he walked right in.

Deputies said the burglar stole cash and Christmas presents from under the tree, all while the family was asleep inside.

"It's sad, and last night I made sure the front door was locked. The cars were locked and the back door and gate. It's scary. This never happens around here," Aline Jarreau said. 

Jarreau has lived in the neighborhood for years. She's already added more lights to her house.

"We've got our house pretty well taken care of with the alarm system, fences and big metal door. We've done a lot to keep the house safe," she said. 

Deputies are reminding residents to lock their doors.

"All of the residents are afraid. They're afraid to leave their homes and to leave anything open, because they will come into your house," neighbor Gloria Sorrell said.

EBRSO said Ruffin admitted to the crime, explaining that he was homeless and had no money.

He was taken into custody on Thanksgiving Day.

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