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$600 worth of Christmas decorations stolen from Carson woman's yard

Carson isn’t exactly Whoville, but some Grinch swooped down and swiped $600 worth of Christmas decorations from Patricia Castenada’s front yard, authorities said Tuesday.

Thieves made off with two Snoopy Christmas ornaments -- each about 2 feet tall -- a 3-foot-tall "Flintstones" Dino character and a 4-foot-tall gingerbread house.

The decorations were "not real valuable," said Sgt. John Hauck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Carson station. It's "just a nasty thing to do at this time of the year. Detectives are looking into it."

Hauck said the theft probably occurred between 4:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

“It’s a tough one, though, because of the time it occurred,” Hauck said. “We’re talking to neighbors. Nobody saw anything.”

What would a thief even do with the decorations?

“I would imagine it would be sold to someone far from the area,” Hauck said. “You couldn’t put it up in the neighborhood.”

Although it’s difficult to guard against this kind of theft, the closer the decorations are to the house, the better chance occupants have of hearing someone trying to steal it, he said.

“If there’s something on bushes farther away from the house, that’s going to be a target,” he said.

He suggested motion detector lights as a possible deterrent.

“Really, it’s not as common as you might think,” Hauck said. “Once every year, someone has a loss like that.”

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Comments () | Archives (4)

Wow, there a lot of losers in this country.

Time to check the pawn shops! Or I hope at least the thieves tried to plug in the decorations and got electrocuted in the process!

Hard times in the city:(

Yikes...does not get too much lower than this!

Im suspecting juveniles are behind this. What adult in their right mind would steal a 4 foot gingerbread house?


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