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November 30, 2012

Grinch thief hits home

Niagara Gazette — It's almost as reliable an indication that the holiday season is here as mall Santas and non-stop Christmas music on the radio.

And what, you're asking, is that indicator.

Why the theft of holiday decorations of course.

Driving around the Falls on Thanksgiving weekend, I was struck by how many folks had already gotten into the spirit of the season by lighting up or otherwise decking out their homes. In one, two-block stretch of Ferry Avenue alone, my 7-year-old son was oohing and aahing at all the colored lights and lawn decorations he saw.

So, it was no surprise when, by mid-week, I saw the first police report of a decoration larceny. 

Some Grinch, or just one of the city's regular cast of lowlifes, decided to help himself to some Christmas cheer in the 1700 block of Willow Avenue between late Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon. The victim told cops the perpetrator of the crime actually entered her fenced-in backyard to commit his crime.

Once in the yard, the thief swiped an air-blown tree, an air-blown penguin, two reindeer and lots of lights.

Now we all know that someone knows who did this. They've probably been bragging about it.

So how about someone who knows something picking up the phone and dropping a dine to Falls police to give them a lead on where the decorations are. That would truly be showing some Christmas spirit!

Bad ideas, bad results

We all learn from experience.

But sometimes you wonder why, when someone makes a bad suggestion, someone else, usually a friend, goes right along with it. And then wonders why bad things happen.

Case in point, the exploits of a 22-year-old woman, relayed to Falls police earlier this week.

Our victim, looking for the chance to be victimized apparently, told police she and her friend and two other women were out in her car, when one of the women she was not acquainted with asked to run by a home in the 1700 block of 98th Street so she could...wait for it...buy some drugs.

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