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The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said it has been receiving calls of holiday decorations being stolen from peoples’ lawns.

On December 11, TPSO received several reports that large holiday decorations had been taken from lawns.

Deputies responded and active investigations are underway.

It has also come to TPSO’s attention that these thefts and others like them had been occurring but were not reported to law enforcement.

Residents whose Christmas decorations are stolen are urged to report the incidents so that suspects can be charged.

“These crimes are more than mere pranks and we take them seriously,” said Col. Terry Daigre, Chief Criminal Deputy. “Residents have invested a lot of money to share Christmas cheer with their neighbors and all who pass their homes. Our detectives and patrol personnel are actively seeking to locate the Grinch responsible.”

Col. Daigre said that people displaying decorations on their lawns should mark them with a sign they alone will know so that they can share with law enforcement if items are stolen.

“It’s a shame we even have to think about marking Christmas decorations because of theft,” Col. Daigre said. “But placing a mark that can go unnoticed by thieves is almost as good as having a serial number.

Anyone with information on these thefts or whose video cameras may have caught perpetrators in the act is urged to call 876-2500.