Lowell Police Get Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas from Lowell Family

November 28, 2018

Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- A Lowell woman was identified as the suspect who stole Christmas decorations from an Endicott Street home Sunday, Lowell police said.

According to a press release from the Lowell Police Department, Officers Antonia DeAngelo and Timothy Sullivan identified 44-year-old Luz Matos-Centeno as the suspect.

“Both officers recalled a similar theft that occurred last year involving Luz Matos-Centeno stealing an ornament that was returned to the victim. The victim declined to press charges,” Lowell Police Capt. James Hodgdon said in an email.

Zazz Eang, the owner of the home on Endicott Street, said they have not yet decided if they will press charges against Matos-Centeno.

“Maybe she’s just going to keep on doing it,” said Eang, 42. “Maybe it’s time that she does get some form of punishment.”

The Eang Family, who had their front porch decorated with a white hand-crafted Christmas tree with presents underneath, a reindeer and Christmas wreath. The family shared surveillance footage from their home showing the suspect removing some of the decorations and bringing them to her car across the street before driving off.

The Eang family had recovered their decorations through the police Tuesday night. The suspect also lives in Pawtucketville, not far from the Eang family.

“I’m glad that her name got put out there just to let people know you really can’t trust this person with things out and I’m glad that we got our stuff back,” Eang said. “That was the most important thing.”

Eang said the family typically decorates their home for Halloween, Christmas and with their favorite sports teams. He said they also had some fall decorations stolen last year.

“We’re still in the spirit. We feel more in the spirit now because of all the people helping us out and sharing the video,” Eang said. “I just want to thank everyone for their help.”

According to Lowell police, Matos-Centeno will be summonsed to Lowell District Court on a later date and charged larceny of property under $250 and receiving stolen property under $250.

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