Stolen Christmas Yard Decorations

United States
December 14, 2011 11:34am CST
These ladies were caught on camera stealing someones Christmas yard decor. The sad thing I think about this is that they put up the displays in their own yard a block or so away.... did they not think the owners would notice the exact items taken were in someone elses yard? http://www.local10.com/news/Police-Thieves-stole-neighbors-Christmas-decorations/-/1717324/4985756/-/yd2s3p/-/index.html Have you ever had someone steal a holiday or lawn decoration from your yard? The only thing ever stolen from my yard is when kids don't put things away and the wind blows them to someone elses property.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Dec 11
Stealing Decorations from neighbours at Christmas is bad,but during the week I was reading an article where a family were concerned about items going missing from their Child's GRAVE,and had placed a hidden camera nearby to catch the thief,and apparently had photos of a Woman taking items..it was a name and shame exercise,and I hope She's identified...
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
14 Dec 11
Oh my gosh, now that's really low & disrespectful for a person to do! I hope they catch her in the act.
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• United States
16 Dec 11
Not unusual to find people turning in family especially when their pic's have been broadcasted on the news. We've had some of those groups of teenagers doing flash mobs, they did one the other year and stole from a gas station.... they had several parents call police to identify and turn in their own kids.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
14 Dec 11
Wow! How rude of them! Their spirit of Christmas is obviously inspired by the Grinch lol. I didn't watch the video, but I did read the article at the link you provided. I've never had anybody steal Christmas decorations from outside, but I did have my longhorn steer skull stolen from an old-west style garden decoration. And once I had my large inflatable raft tied to a tree by the pond, and a wind came up untied the knot and it blew into the street. I looked out the window just in time to see some people stuffing it into their station wagon and speeding off. That was a sad fall for the neighbor kids, I'd give them a raft ride on our pond every evening:-)
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• United States
14 Dec 11
A longhorn steer skull? what an item to want to steal! What can you do with it other than for display? That sux about your raft. I would of thought they'd just move it to the side of the road for the owner to fetch it not swipe it. I hope they got a hole in it and they sank!
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
14 Dec 11
I was going to make a Western style hat rack from it and sell it. Those kind with perfect horns are hard to come by lol. I used to make stuff to order, people would show me a pic, and I'd reproduce it for them (You shoulda seen the 4 foot peace pipe I made and decorated...big bucks:-)) The raft was an even bigger disappointment, because not only did it give me great exercise, but it kept lots of kids happy lol. My first thought was like yours: hope it got a hole!!
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• United States
15 Dec 11
Sounds like you've made some neat creations.... maybe fit for discussions in the craft section? Oh and the exercise and the happy lot of kids going for rides, I truly hope they sank.
• United States
14 Dec 11
That was just awful! Awful for them to do such a thing! And yes it happened to my mom several years ago but some one stole her Pumpkin at Halloween! And to this day I still here my mom saying I will never get a Pumpkin again! he he he L.O.L. Funny but not!!
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• United States
16 Dec 11
We've had pumpkins and the alike stolen but not by a person but rather squirrels. If she gets one I guess she'd have to keep it inside.
• United States
17 Dec 11
He he he l.o.l,. A squirrel?
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
14 Dec 11
my mom has had light s stolen (they screwed them right off! other than that, nothing really/ although i dont have a lot of lights out, i do have a vintage sleigh that i really wouldnt want to lose, so i have it firmly attached to the front of the house.
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• United States
16 Dec 11
A light bulb is easily replaced, but such an odd thing to steal. I'd imagine the sleigh has to be beautiful.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
14 Dec 11
I haven't had that experience so far. At least not the decorations, but a steel rack where we use to hang and dry up our clothes was stolen. We never seen it anymore. That was so rude of the neighbor. I remember a news about someone stealing a Santa inflatable last week. But it was given back to the owner and it has an apology letter with money inside. That one was funny.
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• United States
14 Dec 11
A clothes rack? Then again if it's not nailed down you never know what people would be up to. That was nice that they felt guilty over it and returned it and a lil restitution as well huh?
@davaome (1828)
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
They must be very stupid to put on display something they stole. Not to imagine that it was so close to the other house. I never had an experience like this because we have a gate, and we have plenty of dogs. even visitors are sometimes afraid to enter because of our dogs.
• United States
15 Dec 11
I don't think they were thinking with displaying the items in such a close proximity. Unless they thought that the items would be common enough looking that no one would notice?
• Jacksonville, Florida
14 Dec 11
My parents did have that happen to them one year. And again it was only a few blocks away! My dad knocked on their door and told them they wanted their items back. The parents said it was their kids that took them.
• China
15 Dec 11
luckily,it never happen in my life.
@AmbiePam (50152)
• United States
18 Dec 11
That is really pathetic. Kind of anti-Christmas all together. But you know what really burns me? My grandmother decorated my late grandpa's grave for Memorial Day, and someone stole the decorations. Then she made a special one for Christmas last year, and someone stole it too. Who does that? A woman at the grave site told my grandma she saw a white van driving around one day throughout the cemetery. She thinks a local shop is stealing them and then selling them again. So far no one has stolen the one she put up for Christmas this year, but it's pathetic. That's horrible.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
16 Dec 11
A few years ago, that happened to us. And really, the culprit was never in fact caught. They stole a couple of deer, and some Christmas lights. That was the last year where decorations were put outside. I couldn't prove that it was teenagers, but it was likely teenagers. There seemed to be a few cases and one teenager got caught, although if they had anything to do with the theft, who really is to know. It is a really sad state when people have to resort to theft. Then again, there are just going to be people who are going to be thieves for no real reason. There are just going to be a lot of times where they have no use for what they are stealing. It is just for the thrill. It is sad but ultimately and totally true. Just makes you think twice about putting anything in your yard.
@Porcospino (18426)
• Denmark
15 Dec 11
My husband and I had a pretty strange experience this year. One day we noticed that someone had thrown some christmas lights and other kinds of christmas decorations in our driveway and a few days later we read in the newspaper that christmas lights and other decorations had been stolen from a garden in the neighbourhood. The description sounded just like the things that had been thrown in our driveway and we called the woman and told her than we might have her decorations. Ten minutes later we went to front yard, because we wanted to pick up the decorations and put them inside the house so that the woman could pick them up, but they were gone!! It looks like they have been stolen one more time, but unfortuneately we went inside the house to call and we didn't see what happened.
• United States
15 Dec 11
Those crooks were not that smart to begin with. Why would you steal to begin with,then steal from your neighbor. That is the lowest thing to do in your neighbors yard other than peeing.
@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
15 Dec 11
I think its sad that people would even consider taking Christmas decorations. What were they thinking to ruin somebodies enjoyment. This is the first year I have put up decorations in my yard.
• United States
14 Dec 11
Geez, you'd think those women would have the sense to, I don't know, steal decorations from further away so they owners wouldn't be able to track them so close by ... ah well, serves them right. I never decorate my yard during the holidays sans maybe some porch lights to make the place appear a bit more festive, and I don't think people are desperate enough to steal a relatively cheap set of lights. Actually, wait - I had a pinata hanging from a tree in my yard one year for some reason or other outside of any celebration, and someone stole it when I wasn't looking. No big loss since it was free, but man, a pinata?
• United States
14 Dec 11
I don't know why people would want to steal holiday decorations, someone is going to recognize those decorations and say something about it. What would be the point in stealing decorations when someone can just call you out for taking them from the person that you stole them from? No one has ever stolen Christmas Decor from my yard because I don't have much of it, and it wouldn't be worth it because I know my decorations. I have ways of telling what my decorations look like.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
14 Dec 11
Yes unfortuately....a friend of mine had his stolen. I wire mine to my steps so if they wanted to steal them they would have to have a wire cutters! LOL