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Thieves steal Christmas decorations in Albuquerque

Kai Porter
December 05, 2017 10:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It’s a reminder that thieves don’t take time off for the holidays. At least two Albuquerque homeowners recently had some of their Christmas decorations stolen from their front yards.


Judy Butler-Talley, who lives downtown, said her neighbors call her the "snowman woman" because each year leading up to Christmas, Butler-Talley and her partner, Patricia Laurenzano, decorate their home with giant inflatable snowmen and other holiday decorations.

"It's just become a tradition on the block," Butler-Talley said.

It’s a tradition passed down by her mother after their family lost her brother when he was just a boy.

"My brother was killed in 1958 and I came home from school and my mom was decorating outside for the first time,” said Butler-Talley. "I was surprised and she said, ‘Oh, we do this for our supportive neighbors and for our loved ones in Heaven. So I carried on that tradition and passed it on to my kids and grandkids."

As Butler-Talley was getting ready to decorate this year, she said someone drove up and stole two big bins of holiday decorations when she went inside to grab a jacket. Some of the decorations were given to them by a good friend who recently passed away.

"Please bring it back," Butler-Talley. "Those were presents from our friend Stevie for the last 40 years. I can't replace those. I'll pay you to bring them back to me. I'll give you what you need to bring them back."

Last Thursday thieves also hit a different house in the Northeast Heights near Montgomery and Tramway. The homeowner posted surveillance video on Facebook hoping to identify the thieves. They made off with two blow up decorations from the front yard.

As for Butler-Talley, she doesn’t plan on letting the thieves ruin their Christmas and put up the rest of her decorations.

"I'm not going to let them get my joy. I'm not going to do it," she said


Kai Porter

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