Fayetteville neighborhood hit by wreath thieves

December 10, 2012 8:13:24 PM PST
A grinch is targeting Christmas wreaths in one Fayetteville neighborhood.

People who live in the neighborhood around Scarecrow Court are worried the thieves could get bolder and make their way inside their homes. Also, they said it always happens each year at this time.

"It makes me angry because you spend your money to get something and somebody takes what is not theirs," said Amy Whistler.

Whistler said someone stole the Christmas wreath off her front door. Her children were the first to notice.

That's the first thing we put up," said Whistler. "We did not have any lights up. They came in and said 'Mommy our wreath is gone.'"

Whistler is not alone. Residents said several Christmas wreaths have been stolen this year. Not just ordinary wreaths, but expensive ones too.

At this point, Fayetteville police don't suspect a big crime wave of stolen wreaths. The problem is that many of the victims haven't reported the crime.

"It's kind of silly things are being stolen around here," said Tiffani James.

James said she and her neighbors worry the crimes could escalate

"You never know what is the next step they will take," said James. "As far as breaking in a house, are they going to hurt us? I don't know what to expect."

Residents believe the grinch or grinches are reselling the wreaths at local flea markets.

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