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Kamloops grandmother latest victim of Christmas decoration thieves

Kamloops resident Nadine Kammerer woke up yesterday morning to find that her blow-up tree, snowmen and wooden reindeer were gone.
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December 10, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Thieves have been putting a damper on the Christmas spirit by stealing decorations, and a Kamloops grandmother is the latest victim. 

Nadine Kammerer discovered Dec. 8 that half of her Christmas display was taken overnight.

"I just woke up in the morning and they were all gone," she said. "It’s heartbreaking, I was just trying to keep the Christmas spirit up."

This year was the first time she had put out her six foot tall blow-up Christmas tree, which cost $100. It was taken, along with her big blow-up snowman family and a pair of wooden reindeer given to her by a late family member.

Kammerer made an effort to decorate extra this year because of the COVID-19 health orders prohibiting gatherings at Christmas. 

Unfortunately, decoration stealing Grinches are common this year. 

Police in Sicamous also received a pair of reports of large inflatable Christmas decorations stolen Dec. 5 from front yards. Fortunately, a citizen reported to Sicamous RCMP that all the suspected stolen decorations had very recently appeared in a holiday display on the front lawn of a residence in Salmon Arm. The owner had purchased them from someone, not knowing they were stolen.

READ MORE: Social media posters help Shuswap RCMP track down stolen Christmas decorations

A Penticton family had their life-size Grinch stolen from their home Dec. 3. After raising awareness on social media, the Grinch was anonymously returned the following day. 

Kammerer hopes her decorations will find their way back to her, and that the thieves won't return to take the rest of her display.

"I was going to go out and take everything down, but the kids talked me out of it," she said.

However, she is thankful for a couple elves from the Kamloops community who gifted her a six foot tall Santa and a little wooden reindeer. 

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