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Elf Without Jingles

Newport's Santa and Mrs. Claus lose their outfits to a thief

by Hannah Fry, Contact Reporter, Los Angeles Times | Posted: 1-13-2017, 1:01 PM PST

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NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA --- 'Twas Tuesday night and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not evern a mouse.

But outside the house in the 100 block of Coral Avenue on Balboa Island, a thief was rifling through an unlocked car, parked in its usual carport. The bandit checked the glove box before grabbing a garment bag that was sitting neatly on the front seat. The thief then headed off into the night...

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Santa Bruce Geron

This is very sad. I worry when I leave any Santa items in my vehicle. This has just added to my paranoia. However, I do lock my car.

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Santa MikeE

Sad.  Not just for Santa Mike and Mrs. Claus, but sad that humanity includes people who would steal things like that. 

That said, it is rare that I leave anything of value in my truck, even though I lock it every night.  If it were summer, I'd hate to think of what effect the temperatures would have have on the fabric, and even in winter it seems like it wouldn't be right.  I hope that this Santa and Mrs Claus are able to replace their attire, and I hope the thief doesn't profit from their ill gotten gains.

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Eileen Strom

Sad.

I wonder if the thief actually knew what he was stealing?

It states that everything was inside a garment bag...all the storage garment bags that we have, you can not see into. So it may have been a grab and dash and then when they noticed what they had, it was quickly followed by them being dumped off someplace...not that that excuses anything.

We also always lock our cars and tend to not leave anything of value in our vehicles esp overnight, and if they will even be parked out of our sight for any length of time.

And I would never store our outfits in a storage unit.

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Santa Marty
54 minutes ago, Eileen Strom said:

I wonder if the thief actually knew what he was stealing?

Those were my thoughts as well.

I'd file a police report.  My Santa "equipment" as well as my "Tools" use to be covered under my business insurance policy.  Since selling that business my Santa stuff is now covered under my homeowners policy.  

You might not think your Santa equipment & wardrobe would be very valuable.  Just sit down and estimate what it would cost to replace it all at once.  A lot of guys have continued to add, improve, & expand their "Santa Stuff" over years, possibly decades so the real replacement value is of a lesser concern.

Facts are, people feel it is ok to just take what they want.  Sad indeed.

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Santa Bill Reiller

  It is unbelievable what people do at times.  I am sure all it was was a grab and dash.  I would file a report because it might not of been the only car that was entered that night.  The only time my vehicle is not locked is when it is in the garage.  Sad that they lost their suits and hopefully they can be replaced.

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Santa Robin Z

How sad.  I remember when I was young Dad got mad at himself for locking keys in his car.  Why? Because he never had to lock his car.  We lived in Chicago, eventually moved out to the suburbs and never did we have to lock our cars.  I went into the service in '68, having never locked my car until I went to Fort Gordon and had my car prowled.  Since then I've locked my car even when it's parked just outside my door.  Sad to lose his suit and wife's dress.  Sadder still that theft has become so common anymore.

I hope they find your clothing bad and everything is in tact. 

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Santa Ross

Yep I always lock my car doors. One quick trip inside some place can give even a two bit their an opportunity to grab and run/

 

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On 1/17/2017 at 8:06 PM, Eileen Strom said:

I wonder if the thief actually knew what he was stealing?

Two Christmas' ago, my wife was at a Target store with my 2 year old daughter. Someone smashed out the side window and took the diaper bag. People who do this don't care what they steal. They're just hoping to get something of value to sell or trade. Locked doors won't stop them.

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Florida Kris Kringle

Based on experience (and no, not as a burglar), this thief had no idea. It's all about grab what you can now, and check out what you got later.

We live in a different age now. You can't leave anything visible in your car, yet alone leave your car unlocked. If you have to leave something in your car, put everything in the trunk, lock it and set the alarm (if you have one). This holds true even if you're just going inside to pay for gas.

These items should be covered on their auto insurance policy, of course there may be a deductible.

By the way...Know what the easiest car to steal is? The one with the keys left in it.

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Santa Ross

Here on Maui you can always tell when there is a break in.....shattered glass on the sand. Most of the time the thieves go after the rental cars. You know which ones..they have that UPC code sticker on the windows. They break the glass grab what's on the seat AND pop the trunk . Crazy crazy world.

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Santa Marty
3 hours ago, Maui Santa said:

Here on Maui you can always tell when there is a break in.....shattered glass on the sand. Most of the time the thieves go after the rental cars. You know which ones..the have that UPC code sticker on the windows. They break the glass grab what's on the seat AND pop the trunk . Crazy crazy world.

Maui No Ka Oi

like it isn't the same here.

 

oh, & BTW, get ready for the wind & rain if it's not there yet!

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Santa Ross

Yep a sprinkle of rain and a bit of wind. Comes and goes. At least I can shut off the sprinklers for the weekend - ;-)

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