MCSO: Grand Bay man arrested after deputies say he stole Christmas decorations and pickup truck

Bernard McCants is facing multiple charges.
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 10:26 PM CST
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GRAND BAY, Ala. (WALA) - A Grand Bay man is sitting in Metro Jail after allegedly playing Grinch.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office say he stole several Christmas decorations out of someone’s yard. The getaway car was also stolen.

Bernard McCants is facing multiple charges.

The homeowner Robert Schmierer said at one point they even debated taking down the decorations after the theft.

But he didn’t want this to stop him from celebrating the holiday he loves.

“It’s really bad. I mean I don’t know how somebody can steal Christmas. Well, the Grinch did,” Schmierer said.

Sunday night Schmierer says he walked outside when he heard his dogs barking and noticed several things missing from his yard.

“When I got up the next morning I almost tripped over something that they left behind and that’s how I noticed they came and got my stuff and it really upset me,” he said.

Schmierer says an entire display was gone.

Presents along with Rudolph and an abominable snowman.

It wasn’t long before the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office found the suspect.

With his eyes closed, Bernard McCants was just a few miles away.

Deputies say he was asleep and intoxicated in a stolen Toyota pickup truck. The decorations stashed in the back.

Schmierer says he just purchased these decorations and even debated taking them down after this crime.

“It’s really hard to see somebody come and steal what you work for,” he said. “I love decorating for Christmas and like to be holly and everything like that. I love the kids to come see it.”

With everything returned safe and sound, he says this won’t dampen his Christmas spirit.

McCants is being charged with receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.

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