AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “These residents are happy to be in their new homes, but then right under our noses, there are (some out there) foiling our good cheer,” she said. “This seems to be an isolated case in Northridge, but I am hearing that other inflatable decorations have been stolen from other areas.” Each year, there are scattered reports of Christmas decorations being stolen, police say. But apart from porch-light sensors or bringing the decorations in every night, there’s little residents can do to secure them. “I would put a sensor light on, so that even if a cat or dog walks by, the front lawn will be illuminated and people will look out the window,” said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mike Lopez. “If I were a bad guy, I wouldn’t go to those houses.” But Sears is hoping other block captains will get the word out to residents to watch over their reindeer. “They stole from a widow, grandparents and a new family,” Sears said. “I think the best way is to band together and don’t let these people take what they want.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Prowling scrooges are on the loose this holiday season – abducting herds of wire reindeer, inflatable snowmen and plastic Christmas trees from the front lawns of neighborhood homes. Christmas decorations from five homes in the 8500 block of Tunny Avenue were taken Friday and Saturday nights, police and Neighborhood Watch groups say. One resident spotted a trio of young men loading items in a black pickup truck and managed to scare them off. No other details were available, said MaryAlice Sears, block captain for her Neighborhood Watch group. She said many of the residents are new to the area.