A Philadelphia couple decided to express their Christmas spirit this season by stealing Yuletide decorations from outside a neighbor’s home.
The good news is that police obtained a video of the entire episode and aired it for all of their neighbors to see, not to mention the rest of the country. While Christmas to most embodies the spirit peace and joy symbolized in the giving and receiving of gifts, this couple was motivated more by the spirit of taking.
For whatever reason, the outsized female of the pair was walking by a home in "The City of Brotherly Love" when she must have realized her own abode was bare of ornaments. Choosing naughty over nice she nonchalantly begins scooping up her neighbor’s Christmas motif.
The woman,who was apparently out for a stroll at 2:15 a.m., Nov. 26, was unable to carry an ample supply of Christmas decorations away in one load, so returned about an hour later with a male companion who helped her help herself to the decorations.
Philadelphia police have released surveillance video -- complete with cartoon images from Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Police released the video Thursday because they've been unable to locate or identify the woman in a white hooded jacket or her accomplice in the Christmas caper.
The pair studied same fake presents but apparently figured out that there was nothing inside before settling for all the other decorative ornaments on and near the home's front stoop.
The video on the city police YouTube channel shows captioned images from the animated TV special including the Grinch using a magnet to pull nails from a fireplace mantle so he can steal Christmas stockings.
Police had not apprehended the suspects as of press time.