Video shows Orlando holiday decor theft

Homeowner wants piece of holiday tradition returned

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando family is searching for a piece of holiday tradition they say was nabbed from their front doorstep.

Elizabeth Dale said surveillance video captured from her Baldwin Park front porch shows what appears to be a young woman running up and taking a nutcracker.

The video shows the woman running to a waiting car and driving away. The theft was captured from several different angles.

Dale said her family discovered the nutcracker was missing Wednesday morning, and she said they were very upset.

"It was given to me by my parents when I was a young adult, and I have it out every year," Dale told News 6. "I didn't expect this, so it's kind of disappointing, and it's upsetting."

This incident is the latest in a string of holiday-related thefts around Central Florida, and it's the second time in two years Dale's house has been targeted.

She said the first time someone stole a package left outside her front door, and that's when she put up security cameras.

"People are so bold, and they'll just do whatever they want to do," Dale said.

Right now, Dale said she's making due with just one nutcracker outside her front door. She said she's hoping someone recognizes the woman in the video, and she's hoping she gets her family keepsake returned.

"If it's a prank, just bring it back, and don't do that again," Dale said.

Anyone who has information that can help track down who did this can call Orlando police at 321-235-5300.

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