Neighbors steal Easter eggs meant for boy with Down syndrome

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A middle-aged couple was caught on camera stealing eggs from a neighbor's front yard that had been "hidden" for a 2-year-old boy's Easter egg hunt.

“I just couldn’t believe what was happening,” Michael Ford told KSWB.

Ford had installed security cameras just a few weeks ago, and when all the Easter eggs he and his wife scattered on their front lawn for his son’s Easter egg hunt went missing, Ford looked at the surveillance video. He was shocked by what he saw.

“You can see that the woman knows exactly what she’s doing," Ford said. "When a car goes by, she jumps off the lawn and then she’s clear and gets right back to work.”

The Fords prepared the Easter egg hunt for their son Gabriel, who has Down syndrome.

"We’ve been working on picking up eggs and putting them in a basket for the past few weeks. It’s been his therapy,” said Gabriel’s mother, Janet.

The video shows the pair pick up half a dozen eggs off the lawn. They leave and then the woman returns with two boys, who help her clear out the rest of the eggs.

“It's the one day of the year that everyone goes to church," Michael Ford said. "Well apparently they didn't decide to go to church that day."

When other residents in the Ford's neighborhood learned about the egg theft, they set up a private Facebook group to organize an egg hunt for Gabriel to make up for the one that was stolen.