Surveillance video captured thieves wearing hoodies slipping hundreds of dollars in inflatable Christmas decorations in the dead of night, leaving a family in Riverside County disappointed and frustrated.
Some decorations were very expensive, and they are also very easy targets. This is why Riverside Police say homeowners must make it more difficult for anyone to take them.
At around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, three people wearing hoodies walk into a yard and start picking up Christmas decorations.
Steve Watson discovered them missing in the morning.
“I started walking to the bathroom and had to do a quick take. And I looked back and said, ‘Where are my inflatables?’” Watson said. .
He said the thieves stole three of them.
“The triple snowman was probably $ 500 or $ 600 when we bought it years ago. You can’t even find the thing now. The trailer costs about $ 250, and about $ 150 for the helicopter. “Watson said.
But for him and his family, it’s not about the money. These are the keepsakes that come with Christmas decorations because they have inflatables for decades.
“It makes me sick. Why would you want to take someone’s family memories away? Rachel Watson said. “These are our memories. These are our childhood memories.”
It also happened to Bob Schreiber. He lives about a mile from the Watson.
On Monday morning, her 6-year-old great-grandson discovered that several inflatables had been stolen. One of his favorites, Santa Claus riding a Harley, was gone.
“He didn’t cry, but you could tell he was very upset,” Schreiber said.
Riverside Police said Christmas decorations are number one when it comes to holiday decoration thefts, officers have simple safety tips.
“If you can get them inside or behind a locked door every night, do it,” Officer Ryan Railsback said.
They also say they use a chain or cable and lock them to a fence or post.
“This is going to make it harder for the criminal to take it right away,” Railsback said.
Watson also has some tips for thieves who took away his family’s Christmas treasures.
“You don’t have to steal from children. That’s my advice. Don’t steal from children,” he said.
Railsback also says motion detector lights are still a good deterrent.
If you have surveillance cameras, make sure they are visible so that crooks know they are recorded.