Stolen Halloween decorations recovered after video of crime posted to Facebook

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Tuesday, Sept. 23 marks the first full day of fall, but decorations are already up on homes around the Tennessee Valley.

And they were up for only a few days at one Limestone County home before someone stole them.

However, when the victims decided to post video from their surveillance camera of the thief caught in the act to their Facebook page, they couldn't believe the response they got.

"The table was here," said Rachell Sullivan, pointing to a spot on the front porch of her house on Newby Road. She said couldn't believe what happened Friday night, September 19th.

Her eight security cameras caught it all.  It was a theft she didn't notice until a few days later.

"I went out to sit at the table and it was gone," said Sullivan. Also gone were Halloween decorations, which really upset her young children.

"The children want to know how, why would she do this?  Why would she do this to them?" said Sullivan. So her husband posted the video showing it all on Facebook.

Several hundred 'shares' later, she knew exactly who took the decorations and told authorities.

Limestone County Sheriff's Deputies went to the culprit's home, less than one mile away, and retrieved the stolen items: a table, two chairs, a wreath and a scarecrow, all valued at $500.

"I got a 7-year-old little girl who's going to be so pleased," said Jason Pyle when the deputy handed him the scarecrow that had been stolen.

The suspect told WHNT NEWS 19 she was very sorry and was under the influence of alcohol when she stole them.

Since the property was recovered, the sheriff said it was up to Sullivan and her husband as to whether to prosecute.

"I don't want her to go to jail," insisted Sullivan. "I really don't.  I want her to learn a lesson."

And there was one other thing she wanted too.

"I want her to apologize to the children.. she doesn't need to be doing it.  she has children of her own," said Sullivan.

Late in the afternoon, the suspect came over to Sullivan's house to meet the two seven-year-old children who were so upset that their decorations had been stolen and apologized to them.

Deputies say due to the value of the property taken, they have one year to prosecute her for it if the woman gets into any other kind of trouble.

"She was sincere and very respectful. I think much good will come of this. The kids gave her one of the new wreaths we purchased," Sullivan said.

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