stealing Christmas ornaments
Last Wed night (Thurs morning) at 2 a.m., my bf wakes me up to tell me someone was on our porch. He had been awakened by a loud bang. I rushed for the front door to go after whoever had been there, but he stopped me and urged me to be cautious. He had heard the initial noise, looked out the window, and saw someone running off, but at this point we didn't know if the person was gone or if there were more. Long story, short, we discovered someone had come onto our porch and ripped down my new Christmas snowman wreath... the one I agonized over whether or not to buy b/c it meant less lights due to my tight budget. My bf drove around but didn't find anyone.
In last night's newspaper was this...
Four men were arrested after apparently going on a Christmas yard-ornament stealing spree.
A total of $1,087 worth of lawn ornaments were stolen Friday night and Saturday morning and subsequently recovered.
Arrested for theft were Jeffrey Olson, 20, 1109 Kearney No. 2; Stephen Mai, 20, Wichita; Andrew Dean Kirkpatrick, 20, 1109 Kearney; and Kenneth Brack Titus, 21, 1109 Kearney. They were released on $1,500 bond each.
RCPD LT. Kurt Moldrup said the men were arrested at 3:45 a.m. Saturday after Officer Terry Tabolski noticed the taillights go out in a Jeep on Anneberg Drive, just south of Anderson Avenue. A short time later, the Christmas lights at 1100 Sharingbrook went out, prompting Tabolski to investigate further, Moldrup said.
The yard ornaments ranged in value from $40 to $500 and were taken from the Sharingbrook neighborhood. Moldrup said the men were cooperative in returning the ornaments to the proper residents. Police still have a 24-inch wreath that has not been claimed.
Turns out it was not my wreath that was unclaimed nor my neighborhood that was mentioned, but I can't believe that these jerks can't think of anything better to do.
I kept telling myself that maybe someone had taken it b/c his family couldn't afford decorations, and he knew his kids would love it. Of course, the most likely situation is that some drunk and/or mean college student took it.
So much for the spirit of Christmas.
Oh, and to top it all off, I awoke to find out that my car had been egged Friday night. Doesn't anyone care that we are in the season of giving... not stealing and defacing...