Thieves target West Side home

Thieves target West Side home

SAN ANTONIO - Surveillance video captured two men casually walking up to a West Side home on Sunday morning, snatching Christmas decorations and then hopping into their getaway vehicle.

“It seems minute, but it's actually stuff that we work hard for.,” Gilbert Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez was sick to his stomach knowing he was inside his house when it all went down.

"For my kids, it's totally different. It's something that they had and something that they put up every year. Seeing their disappointment was more hurtful to me than anything else."

Unfortunately, this type of crime is something police across the country deal with every holiday season, but it was the first time it has happened to Rodriguez. He believed nearby road closures for sewer work were forcing more people to drive on his street and check out what he and his neighbors have.

"Now they're detouring all the cars down our street and i think it's a matter of everybody detouring and seeing what we have in our front yard. It gets a whole lot more views than it should,” Rodriguez said.

The Rodriguez family still has Christmas lights on their home, but they plan to replace the stolen inflatables because they're not going to let the thieves win.

Experts suggest the following tips to try to make it harder for thieves to steal your decorations:

  • Buy heavy, bulky lawn decorations such as life-sized statues.
  • Pound a rebar or metal stake into the ground directly behind your lawn decoration using a rubber mallet. Attach the decoration to the stake using sturdy rope or chain.
  • Lay a large, heavy piece of wood on the ground. Set the lawn decoration on top of the wood, and secure it to the wood with wood bolts using a socket wrench or power driver.
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