Phoenix family leaves 'Bah Humbug' message for thieves that hit their home

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- If you're out looking at lights, Alena Coy's Phoenix home isn't one to miss.

"I mean, our house is really lit up, so they'll drive by and then they'll see it," she said.  

What they'll see is the product of 80 hours of work by her boyfriend and the work of vandals that probably only took minutes.

"There was a 'Countdown to Christmas,' it was one of our favorite decorations that had the days, minutes and hours, and that was stolen," Coy said.

Just the stumps of their candy cane lights are left, and they form an empty line around Coy's new Christmas centerpiece courtesy of her boyfriend. He wanted to tell the vandals what he thought of their stunt and where he'd like to send them this holiday season.

"Over the top? I don't know. I think he was just trying to get his point across," Coy said of her boyfriend's choice of words.

"Some of these decorations are pretty elaborate and they get expensive so they too can be sold on the black market at the swap meet or at the yard sale," said Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Department. 

The department says victims should file police reports. Anyone stealing decorations is likely trespassing and could be booked for burglary.

"Most of it is vandalism by your Grinch-type person who just has too much time on their hands," Holmes said.

While this may represent the worst of the season, it's also brought out the best, with neighbors bringing Coy and her family cookies and extra lights.

"It just feels really good that there are still a bunch of people, good people in this world," she said.

Phoenix police say if any of these holiday burglars are caught, they could be charged with a felony so it is worth it to call in that report.