The Christmas Spirit in Action

"It has been a miracle, definitely. God works in mysterious ways. He had a plan and He does work in mysterious ways," said Sgt. Bobby Stone.

Stone and his wife, Mary, say they are grateful for the outpouring of love and support they received after being the victims of crime in Meridian Tuesday. They and their two daughters had stopped overnight at a motel on the way home for Christmas, when everything was stolen as they slept.

But once the story aired on WTOK, police began getting tips that led to the recovery of most of their belongings.

It has been an emotional roller coaster for this six-year Marine Corps veteran who recently returned from duty in Iraq.

Meridian police say they could make an arrest soon in this case.

The Stone’s returned to Meridian Friday to collect their SUV and trailer, which contained, among other things, Bobby's military uniforms and presents for their children.

The Stone’s were greeted by Meridian police, Mayor John Robert Smith and chief administrative officer Ken Storms, who especially sympathized with their plight, being a retired naval officer.

"We got calls from people that had never called the police department in their life and wouldn't," Storms said. "But they did in this case and it shows me we're on our way, making progress toward perfection."

"And the people of Meridian poured out their generosity to fix the vehicle, clean it up, to donate items for the children for Christmas. Anything that they were asked to do, they did and then thought of things to add to the wish list on their own," said Mayor Smith.

It seems to prove the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well.