- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2015

Police in Montgomery County have identified the Scrooge who stole a Brookeville resident’s Christmas decorations, thanks to the homeowner’s surveillance cameras.

Police announced Monday they had charged Daniel Ryan Anger, 19, with theft and malicious destruction of property for stealing a 3-foot handmade lollipop decoration and a large red ornament from the woman’s home last month.

It was unclear why the thief attempted to steal the decorations, Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti said.

“That house is well known in that area for the holiday display,” Cpl. Innocenti said.

The decorations were stolen on the evening of Dec. 4, according to police.

The Brookeville homeowner, who makes many of the decorations by hand, was alerted in the overnight hours of Dec. 4 by a neighbor that several of the decorations she had incorporated in a Christmas display might have been stolen.

The woman went to check the decorations and found two missing and several others damaged. Police said the thief also tried to take a large Tootsie Roll decoration and a snowman in the yard, but the items were secured to the ground. The items were valued at $600, according to police.

The woman checked her home surveillance system and discovered that the vandal had been caught on camera while stealing the lawn ornaments.

Police were able to identify Mr. Anger, who lived in the nearby Brinklow neighborhood, from the camera images.

The lawn ornaments were dumped and recovered in the Brinklow area.

Mr. Anger faces two criminal charges in Montgomery County District Court. No court date has been set.

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