A Texas homeowner is calling out the thief who stole his Christmas decorations—on Christmas Eve no less—in a not-so-subtle way.
Ken Lamkin, who lives southwest of San Antonio, caught the thief on his home surveillance camera stealing a 16-foot-long inflatable Chrismas display from his front yard that had eight reindeer eating at a trough with Santa standing next to them.
The reindeer would bend at the neck, making it look like they were eating from the trough. The thief, who Lamkin is calling the “Grinch,” also stole a fog machine.
“He was so slow and methodical, that’s what reminded us of the story of the Grinch,” he told KENS5.
The theft happened at about 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Lamkin said, and later that day he came up with an idea to get back at the man, who can be seen clearly in the footage.
Instead of sitting around and being depressed about his stolen Christmas decorations, Lamkin took stills from the footage with a clear view of the thief, blew them up, and had them printed on large sheets of cardboard.
He also took the footage of the theft, and using a projector, put it on replay in his front yard, complete with colorful Christmas-colored lights, for all to see.
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“And this is what you have, our new Grinch-themed Christmas,” Lamkin told KENS5.
“It doesn’t only show that we know who you are, but it is also to show that you can’t take our Christmas,” he said. “We are going to sit down here and hold hands, and we are going to sing and enjoy Christmas.”
“Maybe your heart can grow 10 sizes today, and you can go around and return the stuff you took.”
This man wasn’t the only “Grinch” to come out during this festive season.
Another man was caught on camera breaking into homes in Studio City between Nov. 28 and Dec. 3 wearing a Santa hat and scarf.
The LAPD press release said the suspect knocked on doors and rang doorbells to assess if anyone was home.
“When no one answered the door, the suspect would gain entry to the backyards of the homes, smash a rear patio sliding door or back window, then enter the homes,” the press release said. “Once inside, the suspect removed cash, jewelry, safes, and firearms before leaving. A get-a-way driver has been seen in a dark sedan.”