Thieves rip down, steal Christmas decorations from El Cajon home

EL CAJON, Calif. - An El Cajon woman was awoken in the middle of the night as thieves ripped down and stole her Christmas decorations.

"S­omebody actually ripped all of our lights off of our banister," Jackie Bradfute told 10News during an interview Monday.

Bradfute showed 10News the torn tinsel and scattered cotton ball snow.

She says she put the decorations up early because her 6-year-old stepdaughter wanted to decorate before spending Thanksgiving with the other side of the family.

Bradfute says she and her daughter spent four hours setting them up, and they did not even last the night.

"When I realized what happened, I ran back in the house and got my husband and said, 'I think somebody just robbed us,'" said Bradfute. "They stole everything."

A 4-foot blow-up Santa Claus was also stolen.

Two of her neighbors were vandalized too. Across the street, 9-year-old Caleb Campbell showed 10News the torn insides of a stuffed monkey.

"I have no idea why somebody would want a monkey with a Santa hat," he said laughingly.

Bradfute admits the crime is far from serious, but she still feels violated.

"The front light was on," said Bradfute. "The light in my house was on. For someone to just walk on my porch and steal my stuff … I've lived here for 25 years and nobody has ever stolen anything from my house. I've never felt unsafe."

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