Guard Your Decorations Against Real Life Grinches

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's that time of year when people break out their lights and festive holiday decorations. But police say the Christmas displays are always targets for thieves.

"Sad, I mean even just driving into my driveway and he's not there cause he's just a part of Christmas with us,” Beverly Anderson said.

The “he” Beverly Anderson is talking about is an antique, blow mold, Santa Claus decoration - that used to sit next to her home.

"Whoever did it, it makes me mad and it hurts my feelings,” Anderson said.

Sunday night, Anderson says she and her husband heard noises outside in their yard.

"We came out, the cars were speeding down the street,” Anderson said.

That's when they saw their Santa was gone.

"They had to have had an SUV to get him because he's like this tall and he's about 36 inches around so he's big,” Anderson said.

Police say every year when the holidays roll around and people roll out their decorations, thieves and vandals get to work.

"Number one it's a crime of opportunity. Someone who wants to go past and get these decorations can easily get them,” Lt. Doug Nolte with the Wichita Police Department said.

Police say a lot of times they find Christmas decorations abandoned but don't know who they belong to. They suggest writing your name on your valuable displays. Also, if you can move decorations inside at night or when you go out of town do so.

Beverly Anderson says she'll be moving the Christmas decorations she has left inside from now on.

Anderson says she's trying to find the Santa that was stolen by calling antique stores and putting pictures online but she says she hopes whoever took him will bring him back in time for Christmas.

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