A woman has been filmed stealing a Christmas tree from the front of a house during the early hours.
Kavillen Oliveira’s festive decorations were swiped from her front door in Watford at around 1.40am last Tuesday.
CCTV showed a blonde suspect walk up the path, pick up the three-foot tree and then casually take it back through the gate.
Mother-of-one Oliveira, 25, said her four-year-old son was excited to put the tree outside their home to brighten up their neighbourhood after having a tough year due to the pandemic.
But they were left ‘sad’ after it was stolen by the brazen thief.
Oliveira, who was born and grew up in Brazil, said she was shocked when she saw the CCTV footage.
She added the theft was ‘ridiculous’ and to do it during the festive season left her feeling the ‘humanity of some people has gone’.
The moment the woman stole the Christmas tree (SWNS)
Oliveira said: ‘It was a difficult year for everyone and so we wanted to put something happy outside, but for us it was a sad week because it was taken.
‘It was just a tree for decoration, we saw our neighbours put out a Christmas tree and decorations outside their homes so we thought we would do it too.
‘It was a sad thing to happen. I was so shocked, it was not a teenager, it looked like a lady [in the CCTV]. This kind of thing is something you see in Brazil, but I did not expect this in England.’
Oliveira said as far as she knows, none of her neighbours had their trees stolen.
Police are investing the theft (SWNS)
She added: ‘I think ours was taken because it was small and not too heavy. It was not fixed to the ground so it was easy to pick up.
‘This time of year is supposed to be for sharing and to be thankful for what happened during the year, so for this to happen is disgusting.’
People in the community have sent Oliveira’s family messages of support following the incident and they have also been offered a new tree.
Hertfordshire Police confirmed the theft was reported and officers are investigating, but no arrests have been made.
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