Naughty List: SoCal Man Accused of Stealing Decorations

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2008  |  Updated 9:40 AM PDT
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Naughty List: SoCal Man Accused of Stealing Decorations

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WESTMINSTER, Calif. -- A suspicious surplus of Christmas spirit led to the arrest of a man in Orange County.

Westminster police said Monday that officers responded to a disturbance call at the house of 48-year-old Vuong Pham, where they found rooms overflowing with wicker reindeer, plastic snowmen and inflatable Santas.

For weeks people in Pham's neighborhood had reported a steady disappearance of lights, figures and faux trees from their front yards.

Police said they connected the thefts to Pham after looking through his house and arrested him Monday on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property.

Officer Cameron Knauerhaze said it took three trucks to take all the Christmas contraband to the station.

An Orange County Sheriff's deputy reached Tuesday morning did not know if Pham had hired a lawyer, according to The Associated Press.

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