Stolen decorations returned to homeowner

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –   All the Christmas decorations stolen from a Richmond woman have been returned to her.

On Saturday, thieves stole centerpieces of Jennifer Parks' "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed decorations from her Patterson Avenue lawn.

It took her three months and about $600 to build the 8 1/2 ft tall Santa Jack Skellington, a character from Tim Burton's 1993 film.

"I love 'The Nightmare Before Christmas,'" said Jennifer Parks.  "I've always loved it.  It's just so different and nobody else has that.  So, I wanted to go with something unique and that a lot of people really love."

When Parks came home Saturday night, Jack's stitched smile wasn't there to greet her.

"I just couldn't believe it," she said.  "I couldn't believe that somebody had stolen him.  I walked around in circles for a little while and then I realized Zero was gone and I realized Lock, Shock and Barrel were gone."

"It took a lot of time and a lot of care and I was so excited about it.  And then to come home and he's gone.  I just can't relate to that.  I just don't understand it," she said.

When Parks returned home from work Monday, she got a surprise.  Santa Jack had magically appeared in her yard.  He's a little bruised and a little broken, but she's happy to have him back.

Parks e-mailed NBC12 Tuesday morning to say the other stolen decorations had been returned and they were not damaged.

Parks said she will not put the decorations back out on her lawn this year but vowed to have them return next year and be bigger and better.

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