Thieves take Christmas lights from Albuquerque home aimed to support police

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman and her sister used their creativity this Christmas to show support for law enforcement. But a special decoration they made was stolen.

The new homeowner told KRQE News 13 this holiday theft isn’t stealing her Christmas spirit.

When Summer Noelle bought her first house in July, she was already thinking ahead. “I looked at a house and was like, ‘How can I decorate that for Christmas?” Noelle laughed.

Naturally, her new home is complete with a real Christmas tree, vintage holiday toys and hand-made decorations.

The main attraction in her front yard was a five-foot tall tree she and her sister made out of a tomato cage, covered in blue lights. They saw the idea on Pinterest, Noelle said.

“My sister is actually a paramedic, she’s a first responder, and we have some friends that are in the police department,” Noelle told KRQE News 13.

She and her sister wanted to show support for law enforcement by displaying blue lights. It’s something others are doing across the city this season, especially after the death of two officers this year.

But Sunday night, Noelle’s blue tree was stolen from her yard in northeast Albuquerque.

“It was kind of a bummer,” Noelle recalled. “I did ask my sister, ‘I wonder if we’d made it orange if they would have taken it, or some other color?’ And you hate to think that.”

The blue Christmas tree was right next to the road, front and center, which may have made it an easy target. Still, the tall blue tree was the only Christmas decoration stolen from her yard that night.

“It’s sad that these were the trees that were taken by the thieves,” said Albuquerque Police officer Tanner Tixier. “We truly appreciate the help, the support, it’s nice to see,” he said, referring to the blue lights and kind gestures of support from people around the city.

Noelle said she would have happily made, or given a tree to the thief. Other decorations around her house and on her roof still stand. She’s happy her home still shines on the block.

“I just use Christmas lights to help spread joy to people. I want to decorate my house because people see it and I hope it makes them happy,” she explained.

Lights, Noelle added, aren’t what Christmas is all about anyway. “Christmas to me and my family is celebrating Christ’s birth, and all this stuff is just extra and fun.”

She’s optimistic that the blue tree she and her sister made is brightening up someone else’s yard. “I hope that it blessed somebody else,” said Noelle. “That’s the whole reason I do it.”

Noelle said she and her sister will likely put up more blue lights.

Since people can’t really lock down decorations, officers said their best suggestion to deter criminals is security cameras.

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