How the Grinch stole laser light projectors from unsuspecting locals

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- It's a newer crime trend seen across Texoma over the past few weeks: laser Christmas lights stolen right off peoples' front yards.

A Denison woman said she reported it to the police when a thief stole her projector Friday.

Pam Rowan said she bought the best laser lights on the market a few years ago to add some festivity to her Denison neighborhood.

"It made it easy for me to still have the best house on the block," Rowan said.

On Friday, Rowan said she couldn't sleep so she decided to do some late night cleaning with her windows open.

"When I do that, the lights come through the windows and shine through the house," she said," and get that twinkle effect."

But at around 3 a.m., she realized they were no longer shining. In fact, a Grinch has dropped by and swiped them off her yard.

"I was very disappointed and angry of course," Rowan said.

Rowan isn't the only victim. A woman in Sherman told KXII her lights and her next door neighbors' were stolen this week.

"Sometimes we do have decorations of different types stolen, sometimes even presents," said Lt. Mike Eppler of the Denison Police Department.

The website said 22.9 million Americans had decorations stolen or vandalized. Now, Rowan said the laser light Grinch has taken the joy out of her Christmas.

"The Christmas season brings joy to me, I love it," she said. "I love decorating, I love having people over, so this kinda took the wind outta my sails."

Rowan said she's now getting surveillance cameras installed. Police also recommend taking your laser lights inside at night or chaining decorations down.

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