Genoa Township Police Chief Steve Gammill reported on Dec. 7:
“Thanks to the great work of Officer Hutchinson, call sign “Grinchbuster,” suspects have been identified in some of the recent incidents of destruction or thefts of Christmas decorations. It seems there was a group of youngsters who went out on a sleepover gone wrong. Appropriate steps are being taken to resolve the situation to the victims’ satisfaction. This solves several but not all of the incidents and we have also recovered some of the stolen decorations in other locations. Work continues to nip this in the bud.
“I can only imagine that somewhere little Cindy Lou Who and the residents of Whoville are smiling a little wider, up North Rudolph’s nose shining a bit brighter, and Buddy the Elf is spreading Christmas cheer by singing loudly for all to hear!”
The Genoa Township Police Department has received at least 15 reports of theft and vandalism during the overnight hours from Dec. 2-4.
The suspects were taking and/or damaging holiday decorations in the front yards of homes. Among the damaged property was a wreath laying in the middle of Worthington Road.
Police are reminding people that if you see something, say something.