Thief sought in stolen baby Jesus, Santa, Nutcracker statues, Volusia cops say

Christmas decorations stolen from DeLand front yards


DELAND, Fla. – Two DeLand residents had Christmas decorations stolen right from their yards over the weekend.

Deputies said they were called to 1913 Fifth Avenue just before noon Saturday after the owner of the home, Jetro Tenerife, noticed his baby Jesus statue was taken from the nativity scene he had on display in his front yard.

Tenerife said the value of the statue was approximately $40 and that he didn't have any information on the thief.

Deputies canvassed the area but were unable to locate any witnesses or suspect information.

The owner of a home at 1475 Sixth Avenue also contacted deputies Saturday around 1:30 p.m. after noticing that a 6-foot tall blow-up Santa Claus and two nutcrackers were stolen from a woman's yard.

Ruth Craggs said her nutcrackers valued at $45 a piece and that her blow-up Santa Claus valued at $79.

Craggs told deputies she had no information on the suspect. Deputies were unable to come up with witnesses or suspect information upon canvassing of the area.

Deputies continue searching for the thieves responsible for the Christmas decoration thefts.