BEWARE: The Grinches are Out & About in Claycord Ruining Christmas Decorations

December 9, 2013 8:00 am · 75 comments


We’ve had several reports from both Concord & Martinez of people going around ripping down lights, along with stealing & ruining Christmas decorations.

Watch for any suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood, and try to get a license plate number if you can so you can give it to the police.


1 Lori December 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM

People suck !!! This is why I stopped putting anything out 2 years ago except for lights on the house.

2 biggus thinkus December 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

geez, you’d think it’d be too cold for hoodlums. unless they’re meth-powered.
what a load of hooey.

3 Cartman December 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Find them. Boil them.

4 Concord Mike December 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

We have had our display stolen or vandalized twice in the last 10 years.

Now we place one of those cheap motion detector alarms from Harbor Freight under our display (in a small ziplock bag to keep it dry). Anybody messing with it will now get caught.

5 mutts December 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Just more low life. Not smart enough to spend their time wisely.

6 Horse'n Around December 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM

About 3 yrs. ago we had a large inflatable Santa stolen from our front yard. So now every year I just put out lights and maybe 1 or 2 decorations that I wont be too upset over if someone’s steals it. Sad to have to say it like that. No one should take or damage something that doesn’t belong to you.

7 Cowellian December 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

There is a certain Claycord crowd that will always find a way to blame the victims here.

So, I’ll be the first to suggest buying a club,

and using it on the thugs.

8 The Dude December 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

These are not “Christmas” decorations… they are “spirit” (or holiday) decorations.

9 Bud December 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

This is not new. We did this when I was in high school. Though, I’d like to think we had more panache. We would take the decorations down, douse them with lighter fluid, set them on fire, and then ring the victims doorbell. Good times.

10 anon December 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM

What #3 said!
Find them. Boil them.

11 Dorothy December 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

My neighbor had put out motorized reindeer for a couple of years. Some came by and ruined them. Now she doesn’t put out any decorations at all.

Like #6, I also don’t put anything out that I would miss.

12 Incognito December 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The human race is sinking to a whole new level…. sad.

13 Terrible December 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

@Concord Mike:
Good idea. I wish others would do the same.

It’s terrible that nincompoops who ruin things for others control what we do. I am so sick of hoodlums ruining things for everyone else.

14 Miguel December 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

This sucks that people do this. It would be nice if people would leave other peoples happy homes alone.

My girlfriends wants to go all out on our place in Clayton. I don’t know if it happens here because I haven’t lived here that long.

I hope not!

15 Ernie December 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The Dude and Bud, you belong in Incognito’s message. You’re part of the problem!

16 BCuzItzClaycord December 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Welcome to California – home of mean people. Never have I lived in an area where people had so little respect for others or their property. Great values being taught in the homes. People must be proud of this…SNARK

Yeah Bud, you and you friends must have been a laugh riot. Hope someone does the same to you one day.

17 Foonman December 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It all has to do with total disrespect for anyones property even your own.
I still hold hope ………………………………..

18 Antoine Dodson December 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Hide your Santa, hide your Reindeer, hide your Elves. They just be vandalizin everything out there

19 Dr. Jellyfinger December 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

The photo would be better if there was an empty bottle of booze next to the Santa.

20 RobNotBob December 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Destructiveness takes so much less effort than creativity, there are always going to be people who think this is “funny” to do to others’ homes. I’m doing it anyway because my elderly neighbor is especially in need of a lift in her spirits this time of year. Before he passed her husband told me that she loved the Christmas lights, but he couldn’t put them up anymore – so I keep putting them up every year in his honor.

21 M December 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Wow Bud. You must have been a real loser in high school to choose that in your free time. I mean, seriously… Nothing else to do? Nothing at all?!?! No parties, no concerts, no girls/boys to spend alone time with? What other super exciting things did you do, cow tipping? I’m not sure where YOU grew up but being in the Bay Area there are a lot of options of ACTUAL fun things to do and shenanigans to be had that don’t involve being a complete a**hole.

22 Merry Pranksters December 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

We have about 20 tacky reindeer (white lighted kind) out on our yard. Never had a problem. One year some high school classmates of my son came by in the dead of night. We woke up to find all the reindeer in some very compromising positions. Although there were some broken pieces, it was done in fun and we LOL’ed for days. Wish I had taken some photos. Still going to put up the deer and lights and not going to fear the Grinches.

23 anon December 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

People are morons.

Hey bud, I hope karma gets you one day when you have to explain to a five year old what happened to the decorations!

24 anon December 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

How very sad. May the reason for the season permeate the entire Claycord community anyway. :)

25 Connie Dobbs December 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Those wacky atheists.

26 Victim Blamer December 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I have no sympathy for anyone who leaves their Christmas decorations outside unattended. They should set them up at work, or at a neighbor’s house who is home all the time.

Why don’t people GET IT?

27 No Fear December 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

We will not fear the Grinches of Christmas. We had 4 goats stolen one Christmas–actually we we glad to get rid of them. This is a very sad thing for the Christmas spirit.

28 Scrappy December 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM

@#4 Concord Mike, great idea!
@#9 Bud, please don’t reproduce
@#20 RobnotBob your a sweetheart!

Merry Christmas everyone!

29 mutts December 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Bud, you were/are an a-hole to call it good times when you destroyed someone’s property. Low life, too dumb to make better use of your time

30 Horse'n Around December 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

@ Victim Blamer. Are you for real? Why don’t YOU get it? You obviously side with criminals! Are you saying it’s MY fault for wanting to spread the joy of the Holidays for everyone to see and enjoy? It’s MY fault for putting temptation out there for the losers to destroy and make their pitiful life seem better by destroying something MY family did with love? I don’t think so. Get real, get a good and honest life. Oh and Merry Christmas to you.

31 Gilbert December 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Sadly, I did a bit of this type of stuff in junior high in the 80s and thought it was hilarious. Now? I’d be so pissed if some jerk did that to my house.

32 Victim Blamer December 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM


You might want toget your sarcasm detector recalibrated. It doesn’t seem to be working.

33 Killjoy December 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Sorry Connie, but we couldn’t give a rats @ss what you put out in front of your house. But we DO have the decency to respect other people’s property.
So don’t go trying to blame that on us.

34 Mikey December 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I have a dog who will wake me up and own a gun. I know I will do time but if given the opportunity to protect my property I will shoot the scumbag stealing from me.

35 Julie December 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

@ Horse’n Around–30

I think Victim Blamer is being sarcastic. The “set them up at work, or at a neighbors house who’s home all day” is in reference to the argument about leaving UPS or Fed Ex packages on the porch.

If you haven’t read the “back and forth” arguing that goes on in a package on the porch thread, you’re not missing much.

36 Cowellian December 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Horse’n Around@30,
Victim Blamer was employing sarcasm by using the same arguments used by people who blame the victim when packages are stolen.

37 Connie Dobbs December 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Those wacky, hypersensitive atheists.

38 Cowellian December 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Sarchasm: The gulf between the maker of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

39 WOW December 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I feel for the victims, It’s a horrible feeling to have your personal property destroyed or vandalized by worthless, disrespectful pieces of garbage who should go play on a highway.

40 Bud December 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

People need to calm down. It’s not like anyone’s plastic Santa is a family heirloom. They’re cheap, Chinese-made pieces of plastic. Get a little perspective people. Stop placing such a high value on material junk and go out an experience the world.

To answer a few questions:
1) I grew up in the Crossings in the late eighties.
2) I have reproduced (many times).
3) Yes, I went to parties, hung out with girls and was quite popular at CV.
4) It was hilarious then and I still chuckle about those things from time to time.
5) If Karma exists, it hasn’t caught up with me yet. I have a great job, I travel, and I have an amazing family. The rest of you should be so lucky!

41 TC December 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Tool: Baseball bat
Application Site: Kneecaps, fingers, cranium, groin

42 Whatthe December 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Hey there no.34
- you have a gun owning dog that wakes you up?

43 Claycord Cop December 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Please do not call the police when someone destroys your holiday decorations. Even if we find the individual(s), the DA will not prosecute a vandalism charge. When you consider the assailants are probably minors, it makes the entire situation that much more of a waste of time. I’m sorry some of your things were destroyed. We get paid a lot… our time is literally worth more than your decorations. Taking a couple officers’ time to report this crime is only going to rob the taxpayers.

Also, I saw a lot of people recommending calling the police when they see people begging. Please don’t. Their speech is constitutionally protected, just like yours.

44 Bill December 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Your kids are the ones doing this!! What you see as holiday spirit and neat decorations, they see as “Juicy targets” and “too good an opportunity for shenanigans to pass up”!! LOL!!

45 Anon-2-U December 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

@claycord Cop – It’s your job to respond to any and ALL calls the public chooses to make to either the dispatch center or 911. We do PAY YOUR SALARY, so get off your lazy a** and DO YOUR JOB!!!

46 Lori December 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Claycord Cop….TO SERVE AND PROTECT….. do your damn job, if you have a higher priority call then take it and get back to the people that you seem to feel have petty concerns at a later time. At least do an incident report. Maybe you should find another line of work where you aren’t “WASTING YOUR TIME.” My Grandfather and father are both retired officers and responded to every call whether it was a shooting, a robbery, an auto accident, and even one very old lady that called to get help carrying in her groceries. Yes this was years ago when an officer actually cared about the average person. You have plenty of time during your day when all you are doing is driving around doing NOTHING !!!! By the way that last sentence came directly from a Concord cop’s mouth.

47 Claire December 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I don’t believe “Claycord Cop” is a cop.

Please see through sarcasm (Horse N’ Around), and BS (Anon-2-U).

I’m glad I’m not naïve.

Whether you call the police or not is always a judgment call. Use your best judgment, and if a crime is committed, regardless of the crime, it’s your right to call the police.

48 Silva December 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Must be teenagers!

49 @ Bud December 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Your response saddens me. It shows a lack of self-awareness, and a inability to mature emotionally from your high school self. Clearly, you did not develop a moral compass in the subsequent years. How do you know what you consider to be cheap junk wasn’t someone’s memento from a beloved relative? Am sorry you have reproduced many times too, this means there are more “Buds” out there, happy to destroy other’s cherished Christmas displays.

50 Rick December 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

@ Bud —– 40

Like anybody cares. Go after his house tonight.

51 Chevrolet. Girl December 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

@ BUD I am sure those are your kids running around trashing things. It doesn’t matter what they are made of or where, people bought them with their hard earned money and that does not give you or anyone else the right to trash them. You are a great example of an A**H****.

52 funny man December 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

considering concord pd suggests you report everything “on-line” their website short of homicide.. id say it might be a real cop
so if i catch the “teenagers just having fun” vandalizing my house should i bother to call the cops or just beat the living **** outta them for trespassing?

53 Anon-2-U December 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

@Claire – I’m not naive, so keep your comments to yourself.

54 anonanonagain December 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

This is the society that we have become. Whatever happened to your self dignity, your pride, your self worth that you wouldn’t want to be a scumbag?? Now it seems cool to be a scumbag. Guess what? It isn’t. You are bringing shame to your family name, your mother, father, siblings, grandmother and your grandfather. Those that feel entitled to steal, cheat and damage people’s property know this deep down inside. They are not cool, they are the dredges of society and these acts show that they have no self worth. You reap what you sow……

55 Bishop Estates December 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

@ 20 RobnotBob

You’re awesome! Its a wonderful thing that you do each year, your neighbor is a lucky woman to have you next door. God bless :)

56 Frank L. December 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Stevie Wonder could see through Clayton Cop. He’s not a cop anymore than I am.

I, too, believe that people who can’t see through other peoples crap (cops not acting like cops, etc.) are NAIVE.

@ Anon-2-U~~~ (53)

If you can dish it out, you need to learn to take it. This is a public blog, not your grandmothers home.


57 Terrible December 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

That’s so nice of you do put up the lights for your neighbor. The community needs more people like you. Very nice.

58 Nicole December 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Claycord Cop may or may not be a cop, but either way, he’s still a jerk. Just because you file a police report doesn’t mean it ends up in the hands of the DA. If someone steals a plant off my front porch, it’s hardly “going to trial.” It’s still petty theft.

Crimes should be reported to the police. Personally, I don’t think he’s a cop.

59 Helpful December 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

An idiot hit(with a bat or something) my parked car window, last night. People are just mean. It is the back window of a Volvo Station wagon. You know that isn’t cheap to fix. I am happy for insurance. Stupid hoodlums. Find something nice to do instead.

60 Claycord Cop December 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

You can do whatever you want to do… I’m merely saying the result will be the same whether you call us or not. After the initial report is filed we will allocate exactly zero dollars in resources to your case. If talking to an officer makes you feel better, then by all means use a few hundred dollars in law enforcement resources. We call stuff like this “Job Security”.

61 anon December 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

LOL Connie Dobbs and Cowellian. :)

62 Craig Cannon December 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I Have a Very Clear Video of a Toyota Prius of Such, Throwing Plates, and a Santa Figure on a Neighbors Yard. They also Trashed The Street here in Martinez. When I have a moment, I’ll Share with Martinez Police. I won’t say which Road, but not far from the Other Ones having Packages Stolen. Look for a Dark Prius…..

63 Atticus Thraxx December 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

It would never occur to me to call the police for some dungbeetles vandalizing my Christmas decorations. In the unlikely event I actually put decorations up outside to begin with. Seems like alot of work.

64 It's Your Right To Call The Police December 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Has Claycord Cop ever thought that people file a police report for insurance purposes? Or to take “fraud” out of the equation?

If someone steals my purse, and they take cash advances out on my credit cards, you’re darn right I’m filing a police report. I couldn’t care less if it ends up in the hands of the DA, but I don’t want Citibank or Wells Fargo coming at me for fraud.

If someone steals my teenagers bike out of our garage, I’m filing a police report. But I’m not taking time off work to testify against him in a court of law. I don’t expect the police to “look for him”. I will request a copy of the police report to submit to my ins. company.

People file police reports for A LOT OF REASONS. If this guy really is a cop, encouraging people not to call the police when a crime is committed is PATHETIC!!!

I don’t think that people who have Christmas decorations expect law enforcement to actively pursue suspects. I probably wouldn’t call the police in this instant either. But it’s still petty theft, and last time I checked, it’s against the law.

65 Bill December 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Hello, State Farm, I’d like to file a claim on the prized lawn ornaments stolen from my yard… Yes, I bought them at GEMCO in 1975, they cost $60, that’s $120 in today’s money!!.. There was a plastic 3 foot tall Santa and 6 reindeer, one of which had a broken leg. what??, yes, I AM serious!! Sir, I assure these are antiques and family heirlooms!! **CLICK**, Hello, hello, State Farm, are you still there??

66 Sheila December 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

These are probably teenage punks, but I think the cops should be called.

How else are these morons going to get the message?

67 Elwood December 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

@ Claycord Cop #43

My, you have a high opinion of your worth, don’t you? “My time is very valuable, so please don’t make me leave the donut shop.

And thanks for the constitutional update, dipwad. What about child abuse? Is that constitutionally protected also?

Stay in your car. You give cops a bad name.

68 Elwood December 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM


It’s a shame you lived past high school.

69 Claycord Cop December 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

@It’s Your Right To Call The Police
I never said to not file a police report, I said don’t call the police. Go online, file a police report, and relax.
Damn, I am so grateful I don’t work for Concord. My buddy says he spends his summers being dispatched from parking lot to parking lot because apparently everyone calls the police when they see a dog in a car. Ahhhh… gotta love that job security.

70 Marcus December 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Ever read the Pleasant Hill/Martinez Record police report?

I can’t believe the things in there. Plant stolen off porch. Not only did they report it to the police, but the Contra Costa Times printed it in the newspaper. WTF?

Pleasant Hill is a low crime town, and Martinez is even lower. What’s the difference between reporting a $4.99 plant from Walmart and a $10 Christmas display?

In the eyes of law enforcement, theft is theft, and it’s against the law. Except for Claycord Cop and his condescending attitude. Who knows if he’s for real. Who cares?

71 Concord Mike December 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

@Bud (post 9 & 40) ,

I get it that you have grown up now, have a good job and a nice family. However, somewhere in the back of your mind there might be some scintilla of guilt for what you did as a teenager.

Obviously you can’t fix what you broke, and the family you harmed probably doesn’t even live at the same address. However, if you are a Catholic, you can go to confession to clear your conscience, and maybe you can come up with a “pay it forward” strategy (a penance) to help someone in a charitable way in your sphere of influence.

Just a thought. It is never too late to seek forgiveness from God and make things right with your neighbor.

Here in Concord, St. Agnes Church is having a penance service on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. There will be 7 priests hearing individual confessions. It is free, and if you have forgotten the prayers and responses, no worries. Just sit your butt down in the chair next to the priest and he will lead you through it.

72 Kevin December 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

@ Claycord Cop

STFU! The more you type, the worse you get. I don’t believe you’re a cop. You’re a troll.

73 Dominic T December 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

People can call the police if a crime is committed.

Just what we need. A whole world with a “no snitching” attitude.

If you don’t want to call the police over something minor, then don’t.

74 If you don't report crimes... December 10, 2013 at 4:47 AM

… then crime statistics look better than they are, and people like Claycord Cop get a pat on the back for reducing crime when they haven’t actually done anything.

75 anon December 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM

LOL Bill #65!!!! That was hilarious!!!!!!

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