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Grinch stealing Christmas lights in Martin County, costing residents money and holiday spirit

Posted at 8:02 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 04:34:17-05

A Grinch, or possibly several Grinches, are out in Martin County stealing and damaging Christmas lights at homes and community entrances.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office reported responding to four separate incidents involving Christmas lights stolen or vandalized within the past few days.

An unknown person unplugged and stole a lawn laser display light from a home on 169th Avenue in Indiantown. The following day, two more laser light displays were stolen from a home on SW Three Wood Way in Indiantown.

Another incident involved someone cutting the power cords to Christmas lights on the exit and entrance gates to the Oak Ridge Community in Palm City. While deputies were taking that report, two other residents said their lights were also damaged in the same manner.

Christmas decorations were reported vandalized in Pinecrest Lakes in Jensen Beach, and residents have since requested extra patrols.

The sheriff’s office says it’s unknown if the robberies are related, but the occurrences have put a damper on some holiday spirit.