Christmas decorations stolen out of the front yards of several Marshall County homes

ARAB, Ala. -- Would you ever think that out of all of the things thieves are after, your Christmas decorations would be on the list? Well, some Marshall County families want theirs back, because someone stole them.

There are some bare spots in front of several homes in a neighborhood around Shoal Creek Trail in Arab. Someone decided to snatch the holiday decorations brightly giving the street a Christmas feel to it. "Over the weekend we had several reports of Christmas decorations that were stolen in the general area of a neighborhood," Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said, "They stole everything from inflatables, to candy canes, to actual light up items."

That's something Washburn says is - obviously - pretty unusual.

One home had two inflatable decorations taken, and that's just one report. "We had five total reports of this happening in this general area," Washburn said.  They happened all during the same time period over the weekend.

One homeowner says his stolen decorations were gifted by a family member before she passed away. Over the years they stopped working right, and if it weren't for the sentimental value, the family wouldn't even use them.

The only thing left in their spot is a beer can.

Washburn says every so often the department gets a few reports of stolen decorations, but this is a first.

"It's kind of a Grinch! Take all of the Christmas decorations, that's not good in any way you look at it," Washburn said.

It really isn't. One family affected says they don't know why anyone would take their decorations, but all they're asking is just for the thief to give them back - even if it's just dropping them off in the yard.

Arab Police are investigating, so anyone with information is asked to pass that along.