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Thieves try to ruin young girl's Halloween, but neighbors save the day

Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 22:20:38-04

SAN DIEGO - A young girl's Halloween decorations were stolen from her Kensington home, but her Halloween was saved by the kindness of strangers.

With the help of her grandmother, five-year-old Sophie put all kinds of spooky decorations on her home. However, they were gone six hours later.

"A quick grab, hit-and-run and off they went," said Sophie's grandmother, Judy Etzler.

Someone stole a large plastic skeleton and a fabric ghost. The frost porch was also left in disarray.

Etzler and the girl's father were angry at first.

"My son quickly said, 'I don't want Sophie to know anything about this,'" said Etzler. "He just wanted to protect his little girl. Like any parent, they don't want their child to have any experiences that hurt them."

The young girl's father vented on the Nextdoor app in the Kensington neighborhood group. Then he went to the store to replace the skeleton and ghost.

The family then got a surprise the next day on their front porch. Two neighborhood families the Etlzers didn't know left a big box of Halloween decorations. The box read "Happy Halloween Sophie."

"Our hearts were just overflowing," said Etzler. "There are truly more good people in the world than there are bad."