A dramatic retelling of an actual event…
The Scene of the Crime
This cute little elf proudly stands in the front yard, bringing Christmas cheer to passersby. Then one day, without warning, he was robbed! What kind of creature would steal a scarf from one of Santa’s helpers?
Eyewitnesses only saw limited glimpses of the perpetrator but security cameras captured scenes of the crime in progress.
Unfortunately, the thief seemed to know where the security cameras were positioned and successfully avoided showing his face.
Amazingly, the thief gathered up the scarf in his mouth and leapt from a maple tree to an adjacent pine.
After diligent work, he dragged his ill-gotten property through the pine branches. Eventually the scarf disappeared from sight, presumably lining his adjacent abode.
Police Line Up:
The police detectives rounded up potential suspects for a line up. It wasn’t hard to spot the guilty party.
The Prime Suspect:
In a recent television interview, the suspect maintained his innocence. As to how he came to have a similar scarf in his possession, he claimed it was a cherished gift knitted by his dear mother.
A few old mugshots surfaced, trending across social media. Undeterred, the suspect claimed to be a new man, having put indiscretions of his youth behind him.
Dining at Home
In the absence of any hard evidence, the suspect was released with a stern warning to mind his step in accordance with the law. In the spirit of Christmas, I decided it was best to forgive and forget. After all, he probably has a family that needs to stay warm during the cold dark winter…
Rubbing It In:
Until one morning, I spotted the “alleged” thief and a group of accomplices on my front lawn bragging about their latest escapades and brazenly feasting upon a cup of hot cocoa!
New Security System:
Having no other recourse, a new security system, utilizing bait (scarves) and trap (teeth) technology, has been installed and appears very promising indeed.
The Christmas Bandit
Don’t become a victim! If you see this unsavory character on your property, secure your outerwear! The thief is still on the loose!
May your holidays be filled with laughter & joy! Happy Crafting!
Scarf Bandit Update:
Back in December 2020, I posted this true story about a squirrel stealing a scarf from the neck of an outdoor Christmas elf. Once that scarf was dragged into his nest, I didn’t expect to have a follow-up story. We recently have had a lot of snow and the mounds are finally starting to melt. Much to my surprise, I discovered shredded pieces of that scarf mixed with pieces of straw, as shown in the photo above. I assumed the scarf would remain in one piece to be used as a blanket. Instead, this creative little squirrel invented outdoor insulation. What will this clever home improvement specialist do next? Stay tuned!