Couple steal neighbours' Christmas decorations for their own house

Couple steal neighbours' Christmas decorations for their own house

A couple in the US state of Colorado were arrested last week for stealing Christmas decorations from their neighbours to deck their own halls.

Police said Jeremy Lewallen, 18, and Carrie Carley, 42, from Colorado Springs, stole from 13 households and their undoing was the discovery of a 3m-high inflatable figure in their front yard. It had been pinched from a neighbour.

Mr Walter Sandoval chanced upon his Dr Seuss figure, which had his name on it, in front of the couple's home while driving in the neighbourhood, New York Daily News reported.

He called the police and when officers turned up at the couple's house, they found about 30 Christmas decorations randomly placed on the lawn.

They found at least 50 other stolen items in a "decoration graveyard". The stolen decorations included reindeer, penguins, Mickey Mouse, Dalmatians and Frozen characters.

An arrest affidavit revealed that Lewallen "chuckled" about the loot when questioned by officers and was nonchalant over who was affected by the pilfering, New York Daily News reported.

Lewallen admitted to stealing the decorations because he "tends to do dumb stuff", the affidavit added.

And when interviewed by the local station KKTV, Carley maintained that her husband was the lone culprit.

"Every morning he'd go out for a walk, at like 2 or 3, and then there was just more stuff in the yard," she said. "I didn't know exactly where it all came from."


Carley added that when she confronted Lewallen about his alleged deeds, the latter was not remorseful.

She said: "He doesn't seem to care really one way or another. I asked him, and he was like, 'Well, this is my job.' And I'm like, 'Taking from unassuming people is your job?'"

The stolen Christmas decorations have been returned to their owners and the couple face charges of theft.

Carley has apologised for the misdeeds.

This article was first published on December 28, 2014.
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