Maryland Woman Charged With Stealing Neighbors' Christmas Decorations

A Carroll County woman is facing misdemeanor theft charges for allegedly swiping Christmas decorations from her neighbors' lawns.

The county sheriff's office says 51-year-old Gabriele Markert was found Monday in her Manchester home with decorations from at least three area homes.

Authorities say the investigation began about 4:30 a.m., after a woman reported a loud noise and discovered her 4-foot-tall Santa and snowman had been taken from her yard. After deputies went to her home, another neighbor who was walking her dog reported that she, too, had been targeted.

Markert was awaiting a bail review hearing Monday.