TPSO stops ‘Grinch’ from stealing Christmas

Turns out, the Grinch won’t steal Christmas in Houma, after all.

Just one day after reporting that they’d been receiving multiple calls about holiday ornaments being stolen from people’s yards, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that it had made an arrest in the case.

Nikita Raquel Terrebonne, 31, is booked on six counts of criminal trespassing and six counts of theft for her alleged role in the incident, which has sparked endless commentary on social media since initially being reported.

TPSO says the arrest was sparked due to close work between TPSO detectives, patrol officers and dispatchers. Together, they recovered the items stolen from at least two Houma-area subdivision.

Col. Terry Daigre, Chief Criminal Deputy, said that on Thursday, patrol deputies and detectives worked closely together with members of the public, resulting in strong leads being developed.

At around 7 p.m., a patrol supervisor and a deputy observed a white Dodge pickup traveling on Coteau Road, which appeared to match the description of a vehicle connected with the case.

“The truck was stopped and further observation matched details supplied by witnesses,” Col. Daigre said. “The supervisor told the driver to exit the truck. Further investigation resulted in a trip to the home of the driver, where a 10-foot tall inflatable snowman holding a green present was observed, with details that matched the description one of the stolen items.”

A search was conducted and in the garage deputies located a three piece inflatable reindeer family with glitter; two potted Christmas trees; a projector set; large Christmas wreaths; an inflatable penguin and other items.

Terrebonne was taken to the Terrebonne Parish Jail and booked on the aforementioned charges.

As of Friday morning she remained jailed in lieu of $500 bond for each count. Deputies transported the recovered decorations to the TPSO Motor Pool, as dispatchers advised victims they could pick up the items.

“The hard work and keen observations of these patrol deputies, the help supplied by victims and witnesses, and involvement of the communications and detective divisions resulted in this Grinch story having a happy ending,” Col. Daigre said.