Caught on Camera: Suspected Grinch steals Christmas decorations

Caught on Camera: Suspected Grinch steals Christmas decorations

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PHOENIX -

Many of you may already be setting up Christmas decorations, both inside and outside your home.

But a valley homeowner is learning a valuable lesson -- that some of those decorations can be a target for crooks.

And the grinch was caught on surveillance camera video.

The suspect walked up, came to the front door, took the wreath off the door -- but little did the suspect know there was a camera right there and he was being watched.

"The grinch is making his way around."

But thanks to the quick actions of BJ Patel, that grinch was stopped in his tracks.

"I was just getting ready for bed.. all of a sudden, I hear the screen door rattling and the bells jingling from the wreath holder."

He looked at his closed circuit TV -- just in time to see someone walking away from his house with his Christmas wreath.

"I opened the door and I say, 'you better put that wreath down' and he starts running."

Patel took off running right behind him.

"You would think he would have just thrown it down and been like and say, you know I did something wrong, but no, he was running for his life with that wreath."

The suspect jumped into a waiting car.  Patel took off behind them in his own car, giving police their exact direction of travel.

Patel snapped pictures as police apprehended the suspect and a female driver not too far away.

"He wasn't out for all my valuables, he was just out for the wreath."

Does Patel go all out for Christmas?  Does this make him nervous to put more decorations out?

"No, no absolutely not.  That's why there's surveillance and good neighbors because we all value our neighborhood and we care for it and we'll do anything it takes to protect our neighborhood and private property."

Two suspects, a male and female, were detained, cited and released.

Police are asking the public to think twice before rushing after a suspect like in this case.

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