Christmas Crimes: Who's on the Naughty List?
Here’s a naughty list for this Christmas, comprised of people accused of choosing crime over holiday cheer – and who can expect coal in their stockings.
Burglars Steal Holiday Decorations
Two women were caught on surveillance video this week stealing Christmas decorations off someone’s front yard in West Covina, California. The homeowner told CBS that the Yuletide thieves, who rode up to the property on their bicycles, stole large candy canes and other Christmas decorations worth nearly $300.
Christmas Gifts and Money Stolen from Mississippi Salvation Army
A thief broke into a Salvation Army in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on December 10 and allegedly stole gifts and cash from several of the charitable organization’s red kettle bells. The alleged theft came just days after the charity announced that it had fallen short by thousands of dollars of its holiday fundraising goal, WDAM reports.
Man Steals His Own Children’s Christmas Presents
With dads like these A Wales man was jailed in February for allegedly stealing his children’s Christmas presents after he got into a fight with their mother. The dad allegedly smashed a window to get into the house and stole his two sons’ PlayStation and games six days before Christmas, according to the BBC. He then allegedly took the items to a shop and sold them.
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Woman Steals Christmas Wreaths from Cemetery Headstones
A Maine woman was fined $950 in June after pleading guilty to stealing Christmas wreaths from headstones at a cemetery so she could decorate her home during the holidays, the Associated Press reports. Pamela Golarz was accused of stealing 15 holiday wreaths, valued at $800, from Laurel Hill Cemetery in November and December of 2014, according to WMTW.
Investigators were led to Golarz after a woman who regularly visited the cemetery gave them video footage of Golarz allegedly stealing the wreaths and putting them into a SUV. Golarz turned herself in and was charged with three misdemeanors, including theft and falsifying physical evidence, NECN reports.
Colorado Couple Steal Neighbor’s Christmas Decorations and Display them in their Front and Back Yards
A Colorado Springs couple revealed themselves to be not the brightest bulbs in the Christmas chain when they were arrested last year for stealing holiday decorations from dozens of neighbors and displaying them in their front and back yards.
The husband and wife team allegedly stole over 50 holiday displays, valued at $2,000, according to the New York Daily News. The police nabbed the couple after a neighbor discovered that his 9-foot-tall inflatable Dr. Seuss, with his name written on it, was on display in front of the couple’s home, the paper reports.
Police Officer’s Wife Steals Neighbors Christmas Gifts
To serve and steal? A Florida police officer’s wife allegedly admitted to stealing two packages full of Christmas gifts off her neighbor’s front porch. The cop’s wife was arrested December 7 on burglary charges after she was allegedly caught on surveillance tape swiping the two boxes filled with Christmas gifts.
The homeowner posted the video to Facebook where it was viewed thousands of times and some of the people who looked at it allegedly recognized the gift snatcher, FOX reports. After the video theft was posted on Facebook, she returned the open packages and was arrested.