Three young men in Genoa, Neb., may have moved from Santa's “naughty” to “nice” list.
The big guy probably was not happy with them the evening of Dec. 14, when a neighbor of Michelle Bishop spotted the three stealing outdoor Christmas ornaments.
Each apparently grabbed one plastic light-up decoration and took off together in a truck.
And with that, they almost stole Christmas. Bishop was so upset that she took down all the other decorations.
She and her husband, William, then posted a sign in the yard:
“This is for the three little PUNKS In the silver Chevy truck ... That stole our decorations. THANKS!!! Our Grandkids REALLY appreciate it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
The Bishops also noted on the sign that the thieves had broken some plastic candy canes in their haste to get away.
“I was mad,” Michelle Bishop said. “I wanted to embarrass them.”
Bishop's 3-year-old granddaughter was upset and asked why the decorations were gone and why there was a sign in the yard.
“Some really bad, naughty person took them,” Bishop told her. “We have to give Santa a sign to show them how naughty they were.”
“Ohhhh,” the girl replied.
The following Monday brought a Christmas — or guilt-inspired — miracle to the small town in Nance County. The Bishops returned from a Christmas program to find the three stolen plastic decorations and the extension cord back in the yard, behind the sign.
In the spirit of the holidays, and at the request of their grandchildren and neighbors, the Bishops restored the decorations to their former glory.
“I'm glad that they came back,” Bishop said. “I'm amazed that they did.”
Bishop had called police on the thieves, though she decided she's not interested in pursuing the matter.
Still, the three thieves may have avoided arrest — as well as some coal in their Christmas stockings.
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