Salem neighbors say ‘kids’ are stealing Christmas

Marion County

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In one Salem neighborhood, residents say there’s a group of Grinches trying to ruin the holidays for everyone. 

A handful of people were caught on camera in separate incidents. They vandalized Christmas decorations and in some cases stole them. 

Salem residents say this has been happening over the span of two weeks. 

Video shows the same vehicle and people involved in at least two attacks on one home. 

Nathan Higginbotham said the first time it happened was Saturday, Nov. 20 at around 7 p.m. He said the group came back again Saturday, Nov. 27 at around 6:30 p.m. and did more damages. 

In both instances, he said a group of young people got out of a slow-rolling car, ran into his yard and started trashing the Christmas tree decorations that were in his front yard. 

“There are at least four who attacked our place last night. There is a driver, one person in the car and two or three who get out. So, it’s like four to five kids involved in the whole thing,” Higginbotham said. “It’s the same car, same kids involved both times. They are just wearing slightly different clothes this last time.” 

He said the second time the vandalism occurred, neighbors were visiting the house and they all ran out to try to stop the suspects, but they were too late.

Since then, Higginbotham also learned that within the last couple weeks, someone also slashed a holiday inflatable at a laundromat and someone stole an inflatable Christmas corgi dog out of a yard. 

He said the theft of the inflatable corgi upset a child that lived in the home and that she was crying because of it.

Higginbotham also said a neighbor down the street recently had his house egged. 

Higginbotham said his decorations are completely destroyed and he’s had to throw them out and remove them completely. 

“They bent the metal. They broke the stars on the tops,” He described. “You can hear in the video the shattering of the tops.”

Higginbotham said there will be less holiday cheer in his yard this year. He took the broken decorations down and will instead just leave up some strands of lights.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact the Salem Police Department. They are investigating the cases.  

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