We have another story of a thief likely to receive a lump of coal for Christmas. This time the Whoville is located in Saco, Maine where a video shows a woman allegedly stealing a Christmas Wreath from a headstone in a cemetery.
Police reports indicate at least fifteen wreaths stolen from various graves at Laurel Hill Cemetery. After a previous incident, a family member of one of the deceased placed a wildlife camera on a tree to record any future thefts. The camera proved worthy in its capture of a Grinch in the act.
But that was not the ending of this Christmas Story.
A friend of a woman resting at the cemetery, Gesele Roy, said in an interview:
…[S]he asked me “Don’t forget me at Christmas.” I promised, you know, I will never forget you and her husband Tom and I, every year it’s a ritual. We always go. It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving and we make sure her grave is decorated—every year.
Video recorded a short haired woman driving a black SUV remove a wreath from a grave and take it from the cemetery. In an interview by WMTW News Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Holland pledged to pinch the Grinch.
“If anybody looks at it and thinks they know who it is, even if it’s wrong, we’d like to have the information. It’s helpful to us. We can rule people out and we never know where that’s going to lead us to.”
Police placed the video into social media and assigned two detectives to the case.
The video proved useful and the Grinch seemed to have a change of heart.
Saco Police reported Ms. Pamela Golarz turned herself in. She is accused in the theft of fifteen wreaths valued at over eight hundred dollars. Police reportedly acted upon tips generated from news reports showing the footage from the Wildlife Camera and served a search warrant on Pamela’s residence where six wreaths were discovered along with others located at her neighbors’ homes.
Pamela reportedly stands charged with Misdemeanor Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, and Falsifying Physical Evidence. If convicted and incarcerated it is unknown if she will be served The Roast Beast.
By Darren Smith
WMTW News (Includes Video)
Photo Credit: Soco Police Department
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