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Posted on Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 11:52 a.m.

Christmas display stolen from Lodi Township farm

By Lisa Carolin

The Schaible family of Lodi Township wants people to know that they aren't going to let anything ruin their Christmas. The family is making peace with the fact that their Christmas display was stolen from their farm.

Earlier this week, the display, which featured the Peanuts characters skating on a frozen pond, disappeared. Each figure, which is 3 feet tall and made out of metal, had been secured to a board and according to Fred Schaible, had to be damaged significantly to be removed from the board.

"This sort of petty theft strikes so hard at a time of year when all our family was trying to do was bring some Christmas cheer to the community," said Schaible. "We ask that if anyone is aware of the whereabouts of these figures that they simply return them to the yard."

The Schaible family had a Halloween decoration stolen from the yard earlier this year and say these acts of theft will force them to limit their displays in years to come.

The family has lived on the farm for more than 150 years, and Fred Schaible's parents assumed responsibility for it in 1978.

"My mom has been doing a light display for over 25 years including lights in trees and bushes and various scenes including Santa and his sleigh, snowmen, horse and sleigh, and nativity scene," said Fred Schaible. "Our Christian faith teaches us to forgive. That is why we hope that those responsible for the cowardice act acknowledge their wrong and try to make it right."

The Schaibles did not file a police report, but want people to know how much they miss the display and that they are greatly frustrated by the theft.



Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 9:51 p.m.

Need to post a photo of what the display looked like before it was stolen. Otherwise people have no idea what to look for. The family should have filed a police report. Theft is illegal.


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 5:48 p.m.

It it a crying shame that people have to steal others property. When I called police to make a report awhile ago they asked me what I wanted them to do about it, so next time I will take care of it myself.