Turkey Thefts: The Thanksgiving Terror


Every year, households across the nation sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinners only to find that their main course has been stolen.

It may sound like a joke, but turkey thefts are a serious problem. This year, a family in Jackson, Mich., experienced it first hand.

According to reports, a bald homeless man, who was rather large (6 feet tall, weighing about 300 pounds), broke into the family’s apartment on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, ran into their kitchen and swiped the turkey from the freezer, then left. No one was injured, but their holiday spirit took a beating.

Other families haven’t always been that lucky. Last year, a group of robbers charged into a Salt Lake City home wielding firearms and swords. The robbers stole cell phones, bank cards and purses, not to mention the family’s frozen holiday turkey.

We certainly hope readers haven’t experienced this plight, but don’t just assume that because it’s the holidays, all people will be good-natured. Especially with the bad economy, many are resorting to more desperate measures during the holidays, forcing some towns to ramp up police efforts.

So in the future, consider padlocking your freezer, or buy a cheap turkey at Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT) to use as a decoy. If that sounds too ridiculous, at least apply some common sense and don’t leave the door unlocked, even if you’re expecting visitors. The same applies for the rest of the holiday season. It’s expensive enough to buy supplies for the holidays … you don’t want to do it twice.

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