Thursday, December 4, 2008
Was Gabriele Markert's Attempt to Steal Christmas in Manchester, Maryland Foiled By Top Notch Detective Work?
This could be a great return to Mayberry Christmas tale starring the Don Knotts and the Grinch. But this is not fiction. The county sheriff's office in Manchester, Maryland told Fox News that51-year-old Gabriele Markert is accused of stealing her neighbors Christmas decorations. Apparently, three area homes were affected by her confiscations. Apparently, around 4:30 a.m., a woman reported a loud noise and discovered her 4-foot-tall Santa and snowman had been taken from her yard. Not wanting Christmas to be ruined, deputies went to the victim's home. At the scene, another neighbor who was walking her dog, allegedly told deputies that she too had been targeted by a thief set out to steal Christmas spirit.
Markert was apparently named a suspect after a deputy observed a four foot plastic Santa and a snowmn apparently being held against their will in Markert's home. She is currently awaiting a bail review hearing which is scheduled for Monday. Markert is charged with misdemeanor theft. While Markert is entitled to a presumption of innocence, the county sheriff's office said that Makert was found in her Manchester home with decorations from at least three area homes. Apparently the plastic Santa and Snowman were not injured. Now, if Gabriele Markert is innocent, this will make for one heck of a "Christmas Story."