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Social media post helps Vidalia family identify Christmas decoration thieves

(Source: The Nadekow Family/FB) (Source: The Nadekow Family/FB)
(Source: WTOC) (Source: WTOC)

The Nadekow family in Vidalia is known for going above and beyond to spread Christmas cheer.

Hundreds visit their display on Durden Street each year, but over the weekend, a group of 'grinches' was caught on camera vandalizing and stealing some of the decorations.

The Nadekow family shared a video on Facebook which has now been shared hundreds of times.

As a result, the family received an outpouring of support from the community and later posted that the suspects had been caught. However, the Nadekow's are not pressing charges.

'Within an hour, I had 60 private messages from people saying, 'here are the four," Nadekow said. 

The post reads:

"Three of the participants have come to us admitting involvement. They took responsibility and asked for forgiveness for 'doing something so stupid' in their words."

Nadekow has since heard from or met with all four, who have apologized and returned the stolen pieces. 

"I don't know if they felt really guilty or their families made them feel bad, but the appeared genuinely hurt by it," he said. 

He says they've decided not to file charges and save the four from an arrest record, but the whole ordeal has made his family more determined to provide Christmas cheer for the people who visit there over and over and appreciate the spirit of the season. 

"Every year, something happens that makes us say 'one more year,' Nadekow said. 

He says the outpouring of support more than outshines one isolated problem. 

The family hopes this will teach kids that being honest will always get better results than lying.

To see the full Facebook post, click here.

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