Family who lost home, now victims of crime

- A Forsyth County family who lost everything in a house fire two weeks ago now finds themselves the victims of thieves.

The raging fire consumed the family’s two-story log house on Wallace Tatum Road off Matt Highway and nearby woods.

Fortunately, the family of seven was not home, but they lost two pets in the fire.

Robert and Stephanie Johnson said even though this is a trying time in their lives, they have been touched by the generosity of others.

“I live this community, I will never leave it,” Johnson told FOX 5.

Some kind soul placed a bag of donated items and toys for the Johnson children on the family’s woodshop porch, just days after the fire. Mr. Johnson said thieves removed the donated items from their property.

“You could go through all sorts of scenarios and consider yourselves a victim, but I say we need to pray for someone who would do something like that. They are really having hard problems in their life,” Mr. Johnson proclaimed.

“Today is the first day I haven't cried. I just want to go home, but you can’t,” mother of five, Stephanie Johnson said.

The Johnson family has vowed to rebuild. They plan to report the theft to the sheriff's office in the coming days.

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