Chilliwack thief has family feeling Grinched

A thief with sticky fingers has done a number on a Chilliwack family’s Christmas spirit after their beloved decorative snowman was stolen.

“Mommy, all I want for Christmas is to have our snowman back.”

A thief with sticky fingers has done a number on a Chilliwack family’s Christmas spirit after their beloved decorative snowman was stolen from outside their front door.

Katrina Eng is putting a message out to her community to see if anyone has seen their five-foot-tall Frosty.

“We would love to get him back.”

The snowman is brown, she said, which makes him unique, and covered in wicker vines, almost antique-style, with little white lights, a waving mechanical arm and a springy orange nose.

It’s put a damper on their Christmas spirit, she admits.

Someone took off with “Frosty” as they called him, brazenly coming to the back of their townhouse complex to do it.

“I came home from work and it was gone,” Eng said.

It was a big blow to their Christmas spirit.

“They had to unplug it first. It’s pretty big and cumbersome, so they would have needed a truck. You couldn’t carry it down the street.”

It was in three pieces that were zip-tied together. The snowman had a motor inside to run the mechanical arm that waves.

She made a police report, but there’s been no sign of the snowman they’ve had for five years since picking it up for half-price at a Boxing Day dale.

“It was the kids who picked it out.”

The Engs had just served a massive Christmas dinner for 400 people at Evans elementary the day before the theft. They cooked 31 turkeys for the students, teachers, parents and special guests. And then this happened.

“It felt so good and I was starting to get in an awesome Christmas mood,” Eng said. “And then the Grinch stole it.  Our kids just want the snowman back.”

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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