It’s a real-life scenario of the Grinch who stole Christmas. In this case, the Grinch is likely a pair of thieves who stole unique yard decorations from a Haggin Oaks family.
Dr. Larry Yokoyama and his family made it an annual tradition to put up holiday decorations in their front yard, including displays featuring the Nightmare Before Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, Elsa from Frozen, a nativity scene featuring baby Jesus, and a rare statue of Santa Claus. The statue of Santa and the display of baby Jesus were stolen, and the remaining decorations were either damaged or completely destroyed.
All that’s left on the front lawn is a sign that reads, “due to theft, sadly we don’t have a Christmas display.”
“It’s very disheartening,” said Yokoyama, who practices emergency medicine. “Who steals Santa Claus and baby Jesus?” He questioned. “Honestly, we’ve spent thousands of dollars on our yard art. The whole purpose for doing the different scenes was for the enjoyment of people driving through, especially the children.”
The thieves got away and there were no cameras around to record the crime. Even so, Dr. Yokoyama and his family said they’re not going to let this ruin their Christmas.
“Just today alone, I had about three patients call and say, ‘hey listen. I have some extra lights. I’ll come up and help hang lights for you.’ It’s been extremely gratifying. Our Christmas spirit is still there. It’s not going to identify who we are because who we are. We are the Yokoyamas of Haggin Oaks,” Yokoyama said with tears in his eyes.
He also had a message for the thief or thieves.
“I hope you find it in your heart to possibly return our things to us, and don’t do this to anybody else again.”
The doctor said he plans to put up cameras. Only once they’re installed, he said, he’ll consider putting up new decorations on his lawn.