Christmas decoration thieves spotted in Owasso

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Updated: 11/27/2012 9:07 am Published: 11/26/2012 9:22 pm

Snowmen glowing on lawns, Christmas lights twinkling around homes and a deflated merry-go-round because of some vandal.

"It's mean. People not respecting other people's property," said an Owasso mother.

Crooks are running off with Christmas or at least Christmas decorations and making it on Santa’s naughty list.

Reports from midtown Tulsa to Owasso, Christmas decoration thefts and vandalism are already stacking up and it’s not even December.

While an Owasso family was watching a movie Friday night they heard a loud noise.

"Heard a loud bang, thought someone had hit a car or hit mailbox," said Leslie.

However, it was a pop from the inflated Christmas decoration.

"It was loud,” said the mother.

She doesn’t know who sliced through the merry-go-round or pulled up the stakes on the inflatable snowman.

"Every Friday, after Thanksgiving she [daughter] helps her dad put them up," said Leslie. It was her favorite decoration.

"Whoever is doing it is very bold,” said Leslie.

Christmas decoration thieves and vandals are hitting in the middle of the day.

"They came back and the tree was gone," said El Fogon employee Liliana Cuevas.

At Owasso’s El Fogon restaurant, the owners tied the Christmas tree to a the pole.

During their morning coffee, it disappeared.

"They tied it up very well so I don't know how they took it out,” said Cuevas.

This year their grandson wanted a real tree.

"They were going to decorate it with his grandson today but unfortunately it is gone,” said Cuevas.

Unfortunately, it’s greedy people trying to take the spirit out of Christmas.

"He says he is not going to risk it anymore and just keep it inside,” said Cuevas.

However, some families say they won’t let the Grinch steal their Chrsitmas.

They’re securing decorations or catching thieves red handed on surveillance video. Santa isn’t the only one watching who has been naughty and who has been nice.

"If it is kids, they need to learn that it is not nice and very disrespectful," said Leslie.

Owasso Police said they’ve received vandalism reports in other neighborhoods about Christmas decorations and have made a presence by driving through those neighborhoods.

If this is happening in your neighborhood, you can make a similar request with your police department.

In Tulsa, police are not required to respond to vandalism reports. You can file a report online on TPD’s website.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/27/2012 11:22 AM
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In Tulsa ? Don't trouble yourself to send the police. Send the meat wagon to take the garbage out. I'll just make Swiss cheese out of their head with lead.
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