Thieves who steal Christmas decorations are also robbing families of their holiday spirit

CJ Coombs

Recently, someone stole a Santa Claus mannequin from a Watsonville, California grocery store. This occurred near 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Fortunately, this incident was recorded capturing someone arriving at the front of the store by bicycle. The Santa Claus was connected to a tractor by zip-ties. The thief finally yanks it off and leaves.

According to the Staff of Life grocery store manager, Alan Ramirez,

From the looks of it, he really wanted it, which kind of sucks for us because it looks cool, a lot of customers like walking by and seeing the Santa on the tractor and stuff but it's sucks. It almost seems like they had seen this guy previously and they were planning on taking it.

In early December in Colorado Springs, Colorado, thieves began stealing holiday decorations. Neighborhoods began reporting that their displays were either being stolen or destroyed. Who does this and importantly, why?

One man captured a thief on a security video near 2:00 a.m. stealing a display out of his yard. The display cost this family $110. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, most people don't report these incidents, and that having a security camera or motion detection lighting is helpful.

Another incident occurring in early December was in the Rice Military area of Houston, Texas. Another thief is caught on a surveillance video stealing decorations from the yards and doors in the neighborhood.

One neighbor who just bought his first home decorated it up and down. Around 3:30 a.m. the thieves came in.

They just come in [at] 3 a.m.,” [Alex] Pham said. “There’s no traffic, there’s nobody around. I think it’s ridiculous. Why would you steal Christmas decorations?

A surveillance video showed a thief being dropped off in a black sedan. The thief went to Pham's neighbor's home, a family who has two daughters, aged 4 and 6, and stole inflatables of the movie Frozen’s Olaf snowman and Sky from the Paw Patrol show for children.

Pham said, “I am even considering chaining stuff down, but it’s ridiculous that I have to consider that."

In Blue Springs, Missouri, also in early December, a thief who avoided a camera at their door, went around their home taking lights out of their yard.

According to the homeowner,

Where are your morals? Why would you steal? It's Christmastime, some people can barely make it. Some people have barely anything.

A police report was filed with the Blue Springs police about the stolen lights which the family had for years. The thief didn't kill their holiday spirit though. They went out and bought more lights. Homeowner, Regina Wright, said, "Have a heart, and return them back to us. no questions asked."

As reported by KMBC News, a thief could face up to seven years in prison or a fine of $10,000 for stealing someone's property under Missouri law.

Sources: KMBC News; KRDO News; Click2Houston.com; Kmbc.com

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