Thieves dim holiday tradition on Candlestick Lane

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) -- Candlestick Lane is commonly known as the place to go see Christmas lights each year, but thieves are making it harder for that to happen this year.

Residents still plan to light up the night December 9, but not all. A 10-foot Santa used to stand in this yard. But, the family has taken down all their decorations after someone tried stealing them.

"We had, obviously, several inflatables in the middle of the yard and the strain of lights in front."

On a street next to Candlestick Lane is an empty yard. It wasn't always like this. But, courtney Nirenhausen says, after people tried to run off with their decorations, they decided to take it all down.

"We didn't want it to happen again. We spent a lot of money, a lot of time and then get them torn down like they were nothing really hurt. We just didn't want to deal with it."

Nirenhausen isn't the only one it's happened to in C-U. There used to be a snowman on this table. Video was captured on a doorbell camera. The video shows the thief running up to an area home.

Later, he's caught running toward his car with the snowman. The owner says she's heartbroken. She had her decoration for 20-years and it's invaluable.

Police Deputy Chief Bryant Seraphin says it could be to her benefit because it might be easier to track down.

"I would offer, if someone has something really unique or really meaningful or some type of nativity-type scene or something that was unique, that's more of a reason to call."

As for Candlestick Lane, neighbors say, if things keep getting stolen, everyone will be left in the dark.

Nirenhausen says they've been decorating for years and never had a problem before. She's warned her neighbors to watch for their belongings and hopes the Christmas tradition still goes on. 


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