MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ – A huge holiday decoration and neighborhood mascot that stood outside a New Jersey home has been torn down and taken away by thieves in a car.
The Midnight Flight was filmed in front of Mount Ephraim by Shannon McKibban, who told FOX 29 she heard the 12-foot-tall skeleton being dragged down her street.
“We heard the cinder blocks on top of this one flying off, the sound of it being dragged down the street,” McKibban said.
A neighbour’s car was also damaged in the robbery and some of his garden furniture was also smashed.
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“They rolled across the lawn and ripped out our driveway,” McKibban said. “A spurt of the throttle, and they could have entered our house.”
The elaborate skeleton was purchased by McKibban and her husband for nearly $400 to celebrate Halloween and McKibban’s birthday.
“Halloween is my birthday, has always been my favorite holiday, we went great that year with decorating,” McKibban said.
The skeleton quickly became a hit in the community, and neighbors encouraged the McKibbans to keep it year-round.
Typically a Halloween decoration, Shannon McKibban uses it to celebrate all the holidays.
“It was something that brought a smile to people’s faces who walked past our house to constantly stare at it,” McKibban said.
The Mount Ephraim Police Department announced an arrest Thursday for skeleton theft, but did not release the name or age of the culprit.
Police credited the community with helping locate the suspect, who has been charged with two counts of criminal mischief and one count of theft.
Police on Thursday returned parts of the decoration found in the suspect’s trunk.
“I wish they had at least some community service,” McKibban said. “I don’t care if I get the money back or not, I just want them to be held accountable for being reckless.”