Melinda Farthing's home (Photo: Jordan Villines, FOX19 NOW)
Surveillance footage of the alleged robber taking the decorations (Photo: Jordan Villines, FOX19 NOW)
A surveillance photo of the accused suspect, Rebecca Zornes (Facebook/Middltetown Police Department)
Rebecca Zornes (Middletown Police Department)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -
The woman accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas decorations from a Middletown home is now behind bars.
Rebecca Zornes faces two counts of petty theft after being arrested by Middletown Police Wednesday. Zornes also faces a separate charge of illegal conveyance of a weapon inside a detention facility. No word on what she brought in the jail.
She is due in Middletown Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Melinda Farthing says $250 worth of decorations were stolen from her Monroe Street home twice by the alleged Grinch.
"It's a shame that our traditions have to be ruined by crooks," Farthing said. "I'm not taking my Christmas down because she doesn't know how to respect other people's things and that's that."
Farthing says about a week ago, she noticed that her pricey Christmas decorations began to disappear from her front yard.
"On the first trip she took this giant snowman, which is like a $120 snowman with the stake in the ground," Farthing said.
After that, Farthing and her husband set up surveillance cameras around the house. She says their cameras caught the alleged crook they'd been looking for.
"She came up like she lived here and just really slowly took them. it took her four minutes for her to unhook them, unplug them and pull them out of the ground very carefully." Farthing said.
The holiday pieces from her childhood and her children's childhood were ripped out of her own lawn.
Farthing says she won't allow the Grinch to steal from her family's Christmas any longer.
"She can hide but she cant hide forever. All it takes is that one person who is not going to put up with it and I will not sit and let somebody destroy everything that we have worked for," Farthing said.
Farthing took to social media to allow the public help her figure out who the woman could be. Her post has been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook.