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Men arrested in theft of Christmas decorations

December 25, 2012 |  8:30 am

Two men allegedly stole Christmas decorations in the Northern California town of Ripon.

A local resident called police just before 11:30 p.m. Friday, reporting that they were watching someone  possibly stealing some Christmas decorations.

The caller stayed on the line and gave updates until police showed up.

Once at the scene, police stopped a black Acura Integra. Inside, police say they found burglary tools and suspected stolen property, including decorations.

Among the items was a Christmas igloo decoration.

Officers said they were able to find the victim of the theft in the area and gave him back the stolen items, said to be worth over $1,800.

Robert Emerson Wangelin and Bobby John Essay, both 39 and both from Modesto, were arrested and now face auto burglary, conspiracy and grand theft charges. Wangelin also faces a parole violation.

--Fox 40