Couple charged with fabricating lost toys story

Christopher Garcia-Jones, 37. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Christopher Garcia-Jones, 37. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Maryam Shah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

TORONTO — A Mississauga, Ont., couple who claimed to have lost a bag of Christmas presents have both been charged with making up the story, Peel Regional Police said Wednesday.

Christopher Garcia-Jones, 37, told QMI Agency on Monday that he and his wife, Frances Maila Fajardo, 47, were missing a bag of gifts bought with cash from Target — including an iPad mini for their youngest son, who he said has Down syndrome — after a piece of ice struck their van during Saturday's snowstorm.

He said at the time that he thought the bag of gifts flew out of the vehicle as it spun out of control.

But police now allege their story wasn't true.

"That's what we're alleging, that during his interview (with police) he did admit to us that he fabricated the theft and how the damage occurred to his vehicle," Const. George Tudos said.