September 25, 2022

Kent’s Grinch steals festive wreaths and reindeer from villagers’ gates and gardens

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas: A ‘despicable’ thief steals festively lit wreaths and reindeer from villagers’ front doors and gardens

  • The frenzy began when an ‘unresponsive’ man slipped into a Kent village early in the morning
  • CCTV captured a white Volkswagen Golf before stealing door decorations
  • A robbery attempt also damages an owner’s wall
  • Police said decorations must be secure and CCTV was on










A Grinch attempted to steal Christmas as part of a celebration in a Kent village that included theft of illuminated reindeer and wreaths.

Police received several reports of robberies at the front gates and gardens in the early hours of the morning.

A crown theft attempt also damaged a wall before the man fled.

Three reindeer were also stolen from a front garden in Hoo, Main Road at around 3.15am by the Grinch.

Kent Police have warned people to secure their decorations and turn on CCTV.

Three illuminated reindeer were stolen from a front garden on Main Road, Hoo, Kent (file image)

Kent Police said decorations should be secure and CCTV was on (file image)

Kent Police said decorations should be secure and CCTV was on (file image)

Two Christmas wreaths were stolen in Kent and another attempt was made on the festive decoration (file image)

Two Christmas wreaths were stolen in Kent and another attempt was made on the festive decoration (file image)

At 3:40 a.m. on December 10, a white Volkswagen Golf was seen driving past a house on Braeburn Drive.

A man then stole a Christmas wreath from the front door.

Another failed party wreath attempt on the same street around the same time.

He was unable to take the crown but damaged the owner’s wall before fleeing.

Another wreath was stolen at 6.08am from the Oak Lane front door in Upchurch, Sittingbourne.

Kent Police advised people to secure their decorations (file image)

Reindeer are a popular decoration at Christmas (file image)

Kent Police have advised people to secure their Christmas decorations (file image)

Kent PC Sam Mackey said stealing Christmas decorations was

Kent PC Sam Mackey said stealing Christmas decorations was ‘despicable’ (file image)

Kent PC Sam Mackey, the investigator said: ‘Theft is a ruthless crime, but stealing Christmas decorations from people’s gardens is despicable.

“Theft of any kind can leave a lasting impact on victims.

“I remind people to make sure all decorations are as secure as possible, and to make sure CCTV is on and digital doorbells stay charged.”

Several reports of thefts were reported to police on December 10 in the village of Hoo, Kent (file image)

Several reports of thefts were reported to police on December 10 in the village of Hoo, Kent (file image)

A door was damaged in one of the crown theft attempts (file image)

A door was damaged in one of the crown theft attempts (file image)

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