Inflatable Santa taken out by arrow

Friday, December 26, 2008

ENFIELD, Ill. -- There's apparently a Grinch at work in southeastern Illinois' White County, and his aim appears true.

Sheriff Doug Maier said someone assassinated an inflatable Santa Claus ornament in a front yard in the town of Enfield twice with an arrow. An arrow was even found nearby.

Maier said investigators think they know who the culprit is, saying he's been known to take target practice in the area with a bow and arrow.

Sheriff's officials are seeking charges of criminal property damage, but so far prosecutors haven't filed a complaint.

In the same county, this time in Herald, someone apparently cut down and dragged off a 4-foot-tall live fir tree from a family's yard. Maier said that case remains unsolved.

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