A thief steals outdoor Christmas decorations from homes in the Riz-Militaire area


RICE-MILITARY – A man was seen on surveillance video stealing Christmas decorations from the yards and front doors of neighbors’ homes in the Rice Military Zone.

Alex Pham bought his first home in the neighborhood this year on Rose Street and said he was delighted to bring in the Christmas spirit, decorating it from top to bottom with his loved ones.

However, early Wednesday morning around 3:30 a.m. some of the decorations of Pham and his neighbors were stolen from their homes.

“They just walked in [at] 3 a.m.,” Pham said. “There is no traffic, there is no one around. I think that’s ridiculous. Why would you want to steal Christmas decorations? »

Pham’s surveillance video shows a black sedan dropping off the suspect outside his home. The suspect is then seen walking towards the neighbors’ yard.

This house is owned by Richard Anderson and his family, including his 4 and 6 year old daughters who loved their Christmas decorations and the inflatable snowman Olaf from Frozen and Sky from the children’s show Paw Patrol.

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“This morning my wife texted me, saying ‘Oh my God! Someone took the inflatables!’ Anderson said. “So we had an Olaf here and a Sky there.”

Both were taken from their yard during the night.

“[My 6-year-old daughter] was really disappointed this morning when she came out, especially because Olaf was gone because they love hugging them,” Anderson said.

In the other Ring video from Pham’s doorbell, the suspect is seen carrying the neighbor’s Olaf and Sky inflatables, then taking the Christmas tree decoration from Pham’s door.

Other neighbors reported missing decorations around the same time on Rose Street.

Another woman said her crown was taken outside her door. She said the ties were cut.

“I don’t even know what you’d get out of it. They weren’t very expensive to begin with,” Anderson said.

The neighbors said that in the end, stealing is not the solution.

“I think the thing that shocked most of my neighbors was that he didn’t seem to care,” Pham said.

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Pham put up an ADT sign and warned the neighbors of the thief.

“I’m even considering chaining things together, but it’s ridiculous that I have to consider that,” Pham said.

Ultimately, these neighbors said they hoped the thefts would stop.

Other neighbours, including Pham, have also noticed an increase in parcel and property thefts in the neighborhood over the past few months.

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