A real life Grinch is running around Alexandria putting a serious damper on Christmas spirit by slashing inflatable holiday yard decorations.
It happened at as many as three homes in the same neighborhood in Alexandria. One of the incidents on Ridgewood Drive was caught by a homeowner's surveillance camera system.
"It was sliced here, here and here,” said Doreen Barnes, who showed FOX19 NOW exactly how the culprits slashed her family's inflatable lawn decorations.
After three days of hard work, her family's Christmas cheer was literally deflated as several of their inflatables were stabbed including a Snowman, a reindeer, a penguin and a giant inflatable Bengals player.
"They must have come through the yard and they sliced the Bengals dude first, and went all the way through, came this way, got them all but two of them,” said Barnes.
Her husband has been able to sew up most of the holes, and get them inflated once again. But, they're not the only ones who've fallen victim to these holiday slashers.
Surveillance video shows two people hitting another house in the same neighborhood over the weekend.
"There's no rhyme or reason to it. There's no reason to be going around destroying Christmas ornaments that people have paid good money for,” said Sgt. Kevin Mathews of the Alexandria Police Department. He believes all the incidents could be connected.
Police say this has happened in the same neighborhood as many as three times. In the video, a car pulls up and two people get out. They're quick to run into the yard of a Ridgewood Drive home and take a blade to Frosty, and several more of his happy holiday pals before running back to the small car and taking off.
"Our children were right upstairs when this took place. We had no idea this was going on, that someone was on our property destroying our things. It makes us sad and very scared,” said Jennifer Thornton, whose decorations were slashed.
Their Christmas spirit is in ruins in their front yard, and it's staying that way at least for the rest of this year.
"I hope whoever is doing this realizes it's not funny. It's not a joke. You have ruined Christmas. Not just for our family, but for other families that drive by and enjoy looking at these things,” Thornton told FOX19 NOW.
Police tell FOX19 NOW these suspects could face charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespassing if they're caught. Police believe they're looking for teen boys in connection with the incidents. If you know anything, call Alexandria Police at (859) 635-4126.