Two Grinches Steal Neighbor's Holiday Decorations

‘Tis the season of decoration envy. Some neighbors duke it out in a holiday light battle, others attempt to outshine neighbors with giant snowmen; but, two women took adoration for all things merry and bright a bit too far.

In Sweetwater, Fla., a holiday heist landed two women in jail accused of stealing their neighbor’s Christmas decorations, reports WSVN News-7 in Miami.
 
“This is what we would consider a grand theft,” a detective from the Sweetwater Police Department told WSVN. “[They sole] Mickey Mouse on a horse, some hugging penguins, Snoopy on a dog house and Santa on a sled.”
 
On eBay, the price of one Santa in Sleigh inflatable decoration rounded out at $144.99 - times that by five and certainly the cost of the stolen decorations add up. In the state of Floida, items stolen with a value of $300 or more, less than $5,000 is considered grand theft.
 
Homeowner Ingrid Alemendarez told Sweetwater Police she caught a clear look of the thieves on her home surveillance camera as they boldly drove up to her home and swiped around $500 worth of inflatable yard decorations on Dec. 6. Less than a block away, Alemendarez spotted the air-blown cartoon characters in the front yard of the suspects’ home.
 
On Dec. 8, the two were arrested on grand theft charges. Judge Victoria R. Brennan was assigned to the case, stating there is probable cause to support the grand theft charges, but released one suspect on bond, Guadalupe Valdes. The name of the second woman involved in the theft has not been released.
 
Alemendarez told police the decorations were significant because they remind her of her late husband.
 
While theft reports usually increase around the holiday season, thieves don’t ordinarily display swiped items a block away from the scene of the crime. Good thing Christmas also encourages residential video surveillance.

Posted by Christina Miralla on Dec 15, 2011


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