Inflatable decorations disappearing in Avondale

Posted at 10:37 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 00:37:43-05

Neighbors in Avondale are on the lookout after thieves stole inflatable Christmas decorations from several properties.

One homeowner caught the crook on security cameras as they stepped over the other decorations and unplugged an inflatable Mickey.

"As far as I'm concerned they're Grinches who stole my baby's Christmas," said the homeowner who's asked to remain anonymous.

The thief only took the Disney character and left the others in tact but they didn't hesitate to trespass even with all the other Christmas lights on.

The camera shows an SUV with several passengers waiting as a getaway ride. The homeowner says the Grinch even appears to boast about their theft.

"Once she had it she holds it up in the air like 'Here, I got my trophy.'"

The homeowner posted about the theft on a community app and learned there were other victims who also had inflatables stolen.

Her fear is the crooks will come back for more.

"I know it's just an inflatable but it's still stealing from my home. How do I know you won't come back and try to break into my home?"