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Man Decorates Lawn with Footage of a Thief Stealing His Christmas Display

"We wanted to keep it in the spirit of things."

by Lauren Messman
Dec 26 2017, 9:14pm

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A Texas homeowner has turned his Christmas lawn display into an multi-medium wanted poster after a thief was caught on camera stealing his holiday decorations.

According to local CBS affiliate KHOU, the Christmas caper went down at Ken Lamkin's San Antonio home early on Christmas Eve. Lamkin had gone all out this year, adorning his lawn with an inflatable reindeer trough and a fog machine, until a thief snuck onto his property and stole the setup.

Luckily for Lamkin, the whole thing was caught on his security cameras, so instead of mourning the loss of his Griswold-worthy decor, he got to work making a new display.

"He was so slow and methodical, that's what reminded us of the story of the Grinch," Lamkin told KHOU. "We printed up some posters, put them up on some poster board. We wanted to keep it in the spirit of things, so we made it like a Christmas decoration," he told News 4 San Antonio.

Where the reindeer once lifted their little inflatable heads, Lamkin placed six giant night vision images of the thief approaching his lawn, bending down to unplug the display, and making off with the goods, News 4 reports. Off to the side of the yard, Lamkin also rigged up a projector to play surveillance video of the theft in action, fittingly set to the tune of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

Although local police have still not been able to identify the Christmas crook who ended up stealing around $400 in holiday decorations, Lamkin says he's taking the high road about the whole thing.

“We're going to watch this Grinch and just sit around and enjoy the night," Lamkin told News 4. "Maybe he'll return all of the things he has stolen, just like the Grinch did."