'Tis the season to be jolly, but it's also the season for theft, police across North Texas say.
Each holiday season, countless lawn ornaments and decorations are stolen or vandalized, police say.
The Erickson family in North Oak Cliff learned firsthand this week that the Grinch is alive and well.
“We set up our bear for Christmas, and it got stolen out of the yard,” Elspeth Erickson said.
She and her family are posting fliers in hopes that someone spots their stolen Christmas polar bear.
“It just broke my heart," said her mother, Patti. "It’s always been my big fear someone would take him."
Dallas police said holiday thieves don't just strike in one area.
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“We see this kind of offense every season in almost every neighborhood,” Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse said. “We anticipate it and adjust the officers accordingly.”
He advised people to keep on eye on their neighbors' property and don’t leave decorations lit overnight.
Steve Erickson doesn't expect the Grinch who stole their Christmas to bring their beloved bear back.
“We can’t count on him bringing it back or bringing us any roast beast,” he said.
No, only Dr. Seuss can grow a thief’s heart three sizes.