ELYRIA - Ask his neighbors, and they will tell you Dave Timko loves decorating for the holidays.
That`s why everyone was shocked when vandals ripped open two inflatable decorations and stole the baby Jesus and some sheep from his Nativity scene on Thursday night.
Timko, 55, who lives at Franklin and Foster avenues, lost a Charlie Brown globe worth $179, an inflatable penguin worth $50 and the baby Jesus, which he said can`t be valued in money alone.
"I really enjoy decorating so other people can see it," Timko said.
But his faith in humanity is a little dim after people damaged some items and stole others. A woman who was visiting her boyfriend in the neighborhood saw what was going on at about 10 p.m. and was able to give police descriptions.
A white female teen in a red hooded sweatshirt cut open a globe featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock on a sled with snow swirling around inside the globe, she said.
Another girl had baby Jesus in her arms and made off with the figurine.
She didn`t see who deflated the penguin.
The witness wasn`t sure of the gender of the third teen, but she said she heard girlish laughter before the teens ran off.
The witness, who asked not to be identified, said she hopes the girls at least return the Christ child.
"That`s the wrong thing to steal," she said.
Timko "is so nice, and he doesn`t bother anybody," she said. "I always tell him, â€˜Your decorations are so pretty.` "
Timko is offering a reward, and anyone with information can call Elyria police at 323-3302.
Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.