'Piece of scum': Family heartbroken after thief steals Christmas decorations

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

A family has shared security vision of a man who they say returned to their home three times to steal various Christmas decorations they had on their front lawn.

Security camera footage, shared on Facebook by the Coppola family from Queens, New York, shows a man getting out of his car just after midnight on Tuesday (local time), walking up the yard and removing an oversize nutcracker from the Christmas display.

According to the post, the grinch returns 10 minutes later to help himself to more festive decorations that night.

Source: Diana D'Alessandro and Vincent Coppola.
Source: Diana D'Alessandro and Vincent Coppola.

“This disgusting piece of scum came to our house three times last night and stole half of our Christmas decorations,” Diana D’Alessandro Coppola wrote on Facebook.

The family said they wanted the community’s help to track down the man after revealing some of the decorations stolen held great sentimental value.

“If anyone knows us, you know that we love Christmas and all that comes with it,” Ms Coppola wrote.

The family take pride in their elaborate decorations each year but this year they had gone all out, adding even more decorations to help cheer up healthcare worker Vincent Coppola.

“With all that going on in the world? We just wanted to bring a little cheer to our lives and those of our neighbours,” the family said.

Ms Coppola told CBS 2 none of their neighbours had decorations stolen and she is baffled as to why her family home was targeted.

“I don’t know what’s going through people’s minds that you’d want to steal someone’s Christmas decorations. Like, what joy does that bring anybody?” Ms Coppola told CBS2.

The family ended their social media post with a festive warning that needed a little censoring.

“I hope Santa s***s down your chimney you awful excuse for a man!”

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