According to the Middletown Press, two Wes students and an accomplice have been on a local crime spree, stealing local outdoor Christmas ornaments from unsuspecting homes.
After a Cromwell resident reported a 3-foot Santa missing from his porch Thursday morning, the cops fanned out and found the suspects in their car nearby. Their trunk happened to be full of giant plastic candy canes.
The story so far:
[Names withheld for now, but click through to see them in the article] were each charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny and were released on $1,000 bonds for Dec. 22 appearances in Middletown Superior Court.
The three — two of whom are listed in the Wesleyan University student database — have been charged with two incidents, but police say more charges are pending. Two other similar incidents are still under investigation and may be linked, police said.
Police received a 911 call early Thursday morning from an Evergreen Road resident, Capt. Roy A. Nelson said. The resident told police that a 3-foot-high Santa ornament had been stolen off his front porch. The resident could only give police “a limited description” of the thieves but said he had seen a gray vehicle with three people in it as it left the scene, Nelson said.
Officers who responded to the area — including the department’s K-9 team — fanned out looking for a vehicle that matched that description, Nelson said.
A short time later and a short distance away, Officer John Cunningham saw the suspected car on Willowbrook Road. The actions of the three men inside the car “aroused Officer Cunningham’s suspicions,” Nelson said, and the officer stopped the car.
When searching the car, he found 12 plastic candy canes and an inflatable ornament in the trunk, Nelson said. When questioned by police, the three men inside the car admitted to police that they had taken those items, Nelson said.
Were the cheap thrills worth it? As if Middletown-area residents don’t already think we’re all godless liberal Jesus-haters, these punks go and try to steal Christmas. Shame, for shame.
[Thanks to Xaq ’10 for the tip]
Middletown Press: Three men charged with stealing Christmas decorations