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Grinch hits Christmas Tree Lane

Submitted by on 1, December 13, 2010 – 4:28 pmNo Comment

A home on Thompson Avenue, aka Christmas Tree Lane.

Police are looking for the Grinch who allegedly hit a home on Alameda’s famed Christmas Tree Lane over the weekend, taking hundreds of dollars worth of decorations.

Alameda Police Lt. Sean Lynch said that sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, someone went to a home on the 3200 block of Thompson Avenue and took 120 feet of Christmas lighting and three feet of PVC pipe worth about $300. The Alameda Journal’s Peter Hegarty is reporting that four homes on the iconic Alameda street were hit over the weekend, though Lynch said Monday afternoon that no other thefts on that street have been reported to the police department yet.

Lynch said that police are also looking into allegations of two other recent thefts of Christmas decorations, including the apparent theft of a pile of light-up candy canes that occurred on the 1800 block of Clinton Avenue over the weekend and the theft of a small solar panel used to light Christmas decorations that apparently took place on December 6 or 7 on Broadway. But he said police don’t know if the alleged thefts are connected.

“These are crimes of opportunity where stuff’s on porches or in the yard and somebody decides to take it,” Lynch said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the alleged thefts to contact them at 337-8340.

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