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Woman caught stealing Christmas decorations

A woman is caught red-handed stealing Christmas decorations from a Bellview neighborhood.

Daphne Whited is charged with multiple counts of petty larceny.
She was arrested at the 600 block of Tributary Street early this morning.
The man who caught Whited in the act snapped photos and posted them on Facebook.

Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez has the story.

We've all heard stories of people getting pretty desperate during the holidays.
In this case, a woman steals Christmas decorations only to end up getting caught by the person she was stealing from, then ends up getting blasted on social media.

Sean Young was leaving for work at around 5, Monday morning, when he noticed some of his decorations were missing.
He then spotted a woman stuffing her car trunk with his decorations.

"I confronted her and asked  if she needed help shoving my stuff in her car."

It's no wonder his son, Ashton, is calling whited "Mrs. Grinch."
Deputies say she not only stole his decorations but stole from several other neighbors.

"The holidays isn't about stealing it's about giving."

Young began snapping photos of her, catching her off guard.
He says he did it in case she decided to run before deputies arrived.
When he told her he was turning her into the cops, she had quite the interesting answer.

"She said she had seen an ad on Craig's list that there was free items in people's yards... at 5'oclock in morning?"

But that excuse did not get her very far. Deputies arrested her.
Young posted the photos he snapped on Facebook. You can see the trunk stuffed with decorations.
All the decorations have been returned to their rightful owners.
    
"They were pretty happy to get them back.... just ashamed that it happened in the first place."

According to the Escambia County jail log, Whited did bond out of jail earlier today.
And this isn't her first run-in with the law.
She's been arrested before for larceny and marijuana possession.
Reporting live in Escambia County, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.