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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Surveillance cameras caught a Christmas light thief in the act on a snowy Sunday night.

And a south Buffalo couple is hoping police catch up to him, which may be made easier by the fact his getaway car is bicycle.

Lori Schmidt and her boyfriend John love Christmas, and especially Christmas lights.

“Little competitions with the neighbors,” Lori said. “We did it, so they copied, that kind of thing. Lights the whole house up. Try to make it look nice. Trying to brighten the neighborhood.”

At around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, John ventured out to shovel off the driveway. That’s when he noticed someone had stolen his Christmas laser light that was screwed to a wooden pole pounded about two feet into his front yard.

“Came back in, rewound the camera, noticed somebody on a bicycle. He went to the end of the block, came back, took it and (peddled off),” Lori said. “Just couldn’t believe someone would snatch a laser light, Christmas lights. Who does that?”

Apparently, this guy. And Lori’s wasn’t the first he took.

“He had a bag, so ours isn’t the first one he’s stolen, because you can see there’s more hanging,” Lori said.

Lori and John said A District police told them they’ve seen a rash of these thefts, especially since the laser lights are growing in popularity.

But it won’t deter the south Buffalo couple, who already have a replacement.

“That one is going to get really secured,” Lori said, chuckling. “That one is really going be secure, tie it down and screw it in.”

Police say there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself, including using a sturdy base, like John and Lori did, using zip ties and electrical tape, or screwing the unit to a base made of wood or another heavier material.

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