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You better watch out! Rock Hill residents report Santa thief

Residents in Rock Hill have reported that someone is trying to steal inflatable Santas.
Residents in Rock Hill have reported that someone is trying to steal inflatable Santas. jhice@sacbee.com

Someone in Rock Hill has made the naughty list after residents reported the theft and attempted theft of inflatable Santa decorations from their neighborhood.

A homeowner on Thistledown Drive in Rock Hill called police at 9 a.m. Wednesday after noticing the 10-foot tall inflatable Santa Claus decoration in their yard was gone, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The victim told police her husband had recently seen a black Ford Expedition driving through the neighborhood taking pictures, the report says.

Police said the car is registered to someone who died in November.

Another Rock Hill resident, also on Thistledown Drive, told police someone tried to steal the inflatable Santa from her yard on Tuesday, another report says.

The victim told police a neighbor left a note on her door, warning her of an attempted theft, the report says. The note said the neighbor saw a woman driving a black Fort Expedition stop and try to steal the decoration.

A witness said the neighbor stopped the woman from stealing the decoration, but that the suspect cut one of the strings tying it down, the report says.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068

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