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Light theft reduces holiday cheer

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

The holidays are less happy for a few Brazil residents after a string of thefts left them lacking in Christmas decorations.

Risa Cole, who lives on the corner of Logan and Meridian Streets, said that her newest decoration was stolen last Friday while she was visiting a friend.

"It's kind of bad because we've been struggling with bills and stuff for a while," she said. "We went and bought a deer with a moving head, went to a friend's house and were going to go to the movies. When we came back, the deer was gone."

Cole said that the deer cost $20 and was one of the only new decorations put in her yard this year.

"There was still snow out," she said, "and there were tracks that led right up to it and back out into the street. It's very upsetting... there were other, older decorations that nobody touched, and they decided to take that one new one."

While she doesn't discount the idea that the theft was a prank, Cole believes that the person or persons involved just wanted free decorations.

"We decorate every year and these people don't want to pay for their own things," she said. "I hope the people are enjoying them -- it's sad that you can't put decorations out anymore because people are so low."

Brazil resident Jim Gullifor had much the same problem "about a week ago," when some of his decorations were lifted from his yard.

"There were some pictures of the Virgin Mary they got," he said.

Gullifor said that he couldn't quite tell what the pictures were worth, though he hasn't seen one in stores for a long time.

"To be honest with you, the theft doesn't bother me all that much," he said, "just the fact that they would steal something like that around Christmas. My wife's pretty upset over it, though."

Brazil Police Chief Terry Harrison said that while these types of thefts are a problem, they're nothing new this time of year.

"We've had a couple of different places with this problem this year," he said. "It seems to happen every year in the North Meridian area. Some people didn't want to file a report, they just wanted to have us keep a closer eye on that section of town."

Harrison said that the severity of punishment one can recieve for these kinds of thefts "depends on the action," but a person would normally be charged with theft and posession of stolen property in this situation.

"As far as that goes," he said, "if it's a misdemeanor, you could go to jail for six months to a year, plus fines. If it's a felony, you could go for more than year, plus fines."



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