Scrooges Loose in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mr. Snowman and the big cheese himself - Santa - are probably shaking like leaves in this balmy December weather. There's a couple of seasonal slashers on the loose in one south Charlotte neighborhood. An inflatable polar bear did battle with the knife men last Wednesday.
Other decorations outside the home weren't as lucky. A police report shows the homeowner is out $300. Neighbor Mark Moore is midway through his decoration set up. He says, "I guess it's disturbing to have people with sharp objects running around your front yard."
You may be thinking, 'who cares about damaged Christmas decorations?' But there are two elements in this instance that make it a little unsettling. One, the time it happened (9 PM). And two, how close the guys got to the front of the house.
"During 9 o'clock in the evening, there's a good chance there's gonna be a confrontation because normally homeowners are home," says south Charlotte resident Harvey Katowitz. That's exactly what happened. The woman who lives in the targeted house tells us she heard a popping noise, saw the damaged decorations and ran into her front yard. The two guys with knives saw her, jumped into their white truck, and sped away.
Katowitz, the Providence Plantation HOA security chair, says confronting vandals is not a good idea. "In this case, they were armed. If they took exception to her coming out there, she could have got (sic) seriously hurt," he says.
Moore thinks the seasonal slashers aren't cold blooded Christmas killers, but just bored teens. Either way, he'll keep an eye out. "People have the freedom to express their holiday cheer and hopefully not have it torn up," he says.
The HOA is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the slashers. Officers in the South Division have also been made aware.