Home Video Surveillance Footage Leads Christmas Decorations Thief to Turn Himself in to Police

The thief, in his 20s, turned himself in to police after seeing the video on the news.

LYNN, Mass. — A Christmas decorations thief came to his senses and turned himself in to police after seeing home video surveillance footage of himself stealing on the news.

The man, from Peabody, stole a Christmas light projector and power cords from a family’s yard, totaling about $60, according to Item Live. The incident occurred on Dec. 16 and the man turned himself in on Dec. 24.

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The Lynn Police Department posted the security camera footage on its Facebook page. The thief saw the video on the news and “felt really bad,” Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

“He wanted to turn the equipment in,” Donnelly said.

The man is in his 20s and told police he had been drinking and apologized for his wrongdoing.

“I hope he learned his lesson,” said Sandy Durso, one of the victims. “He was shamed into (turning himself in) when people noticed him in the videos.”

Durso said her family got the security cameras eight months ago after a neighbor’s house was broken into. Dorso’s husband. Ronnie, pushed for the cameras, but Sandy resisted at first. Now those cameras are the reason they’re getting their decorations back.

The police “asked my husband what he wanted to do about it and he said, ‘Nothing, as long as he gives everything back,” Sandy Dorso said.

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