No one knows how much stolen Christmas decorations people report per year, as many victims do not report the crime, and it is extremely rare for thiefs to be caught in the act. Instead of taking this crime in stride, Richard Surles states that the Urbana Police Department “encourages members of the public to report the theft to their local police department. Prior to the reporting process, it is helpful to gather information about the items that have been stolen in advance of notifying the police.”
Adam Tufano, former Christmas decoration burglar admits that he did “not realize the gravity of my actions. If I had stopped to think about it I would have felt bad for the people that we were stealing from.”
“Now, I would never do such a thing. I imagine the children of the people we were stealing from being very upset that their favorite decorations were missing,” says Tufano.
The holidays are not a time for regret; be positive and don’t be a Grinch.