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Grinch steals Christmas decorations in Garner neighborhood

Posted December 9, 2013

— One Garner neighborhood has a little holiday cheer after thieves stole most of the subdivision's Christmas decorations.

One ornament, a few strands of lights and a "Season's Greetings" sign were the only decorations left at the entrance to the Hunter's Mark subdivision on Monday.

Richard DeVivo said he pushed the neighborhood to upgrade its holiday decorations this year, and he was frustrated by the theft.

"It looks terrible," DeVivo said. "It was about 9 or 10 in the morning, and I noticed everything was gone."

With approval from his homeowners association, he bought $387 worth of decorations and got to work putting up lights and wreaths.

"Each wreath was really pretty. It was (Christmas) come to life," he said.

Christmas ornament on ground Neighborhood to bolt replacement decorations in place

Homeowners association president Greg Harvey said the board has decided to buy new decorations and have them back at the entrance to the neighborhood by Friday – bolted in place.

"It's Christmas. Why would you do something like that at Christmas?" Harvey asked about the theft. "It leaves a bad taste in your mouth."

The association reported the theft to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, but deputies said they are doubtful any of the stolen decorations will be recovered.

Despite the aggravation, DeVivo said he wants to look on the bright side of the incident.

"Whoever it is wanted them, and they took them. That's how pretty they were," he said.

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  • Nope Dec 11, 4:08 p.m.

    Separation of church and state goes both ways (government out of religion and religion out of government) because, otherwise you would be violating the establishment clause if you have the govenment endorsing a religion.

  • fifefan4life Dec 11, 11:07 a.m.

    "The constitution was written with a very deliberate statement about the separation of church (religion) and state (government). That was so the government would stay out of the church, not the other way around. Merry Christmas!

  • Vote for Pedro Dec 10, 6:32 p.m.

    @Gidder Dun asked, “Tell me where in the article did it even state anything about religion?

    Ummm...this story is about Christmas decorations. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Christian demigod. Can you think of a more religious time of year for 3/4 of America?

    @Gidder Dun said, “Please stop with the religious hate on here.”

    The only “hate” here is coming from the comments directed at the perpetrators of this incident. (e.g. backyard justice) Otherwise, what do you mean? The WRAL censors are very good at keeping it civil on GOLO.
    JustOneGodLessThanU

    To be fair, and based on the one or two decorations not stolen, the actual display was a Happy Seasons sort of based. They obviously took into consideration that maybe everyone in the neighborhood didn't celebrate Christmas...but most beliefs, even pagan, hold this time of year somewhat sacred. One dude referred to backyard justice, that was hardly the stupidest post. You're pushing the religion point a little

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 10, 5:25 p.m.

    @Gidder Dun asked, “Tell me where in the article did it even state anything about religion?

    Ummm...this story is about Christmas decorations. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Christian demigod. Can you think of a more religious time of year for 3/4 of America?

    @Gidder Dun said, “Please stop with the religious hate on here.”

    The only “hate” here is coming from the comments directed at the perpetrators of this incident. (e.g. backyard justice) Otherwise, what do you mean? The WRAL censors are very good at keeping it civil on GOLO.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 10, 5:15 p.m.

    @puzzled, so you would have no problem with Muslims putting up Islamic decorations at the gates to your housing complex?...and if someone stole them, you’d have no problem paying $400 out of your communities funds to replace those Islamic decorations?

    On your other point, “under god” was added to our Pledge, currency and our National motto was changed (from E Pluribus Unum) in the 1950’s to this divisive statement which you reference. So, I agree with you that we should not have changed it and we should immediately restore it to how our Founding Fathers created it...without reference to any gods.

    It’s The Golden Rule in action, since it treats others as you would want to be treated, so why would a Christian be against this?

  • Geez Louise Dec 10, 5:11 p.m.

    "Vote for Pedro Go back in history and see who all of our leaders were and who they depended on for guidance and deliverance. GOD"

    --And many of them were also freemasons so which "god" are you talking about?

  • davidgnews Dec 10, 4:47 p.m.

    Were they sure it was really the Grinch? That's a bold accusation if it was someone else instead. He did try to reform.

  • Nope Dec 10, 4:14 p.m.

    "That is why people are evil and thieves, etc. The lack of God and love is the presence of satan and hate. "

    Every person I know who are not religious and "believers" are very moral and ethical people. I also know very many people who are believers who are horrible people. They are much worse than the non-believers I know.

  • townsendm07 Dec 10, 3:35 p.m.

    Someone stole my family's multi-generational collection of cherished ornaments recently. I am not sure why people are like that...

  • puzzled Dec 10, 3:31 p.m.

    Vote for Pedro
    Go back in history and see who all of our leaders were and who they depended on for guidance and deliverance. GOD

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