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Thieves steal mummy with a sentimental value

By Jessica Priest
Oct. 25, 2012 at 5:25 a.m.
Updated Oct. 26, 2012 at 5:26 a.m.

The Cecil family usually decks their one-story Victoria home out in plenty of ghoulish garb, but this year they're six-foot-tall mummy. It's sentimental, and a thief swiped from their doorstep on Oct. 10.

It must've been a two-man job.

The Cecil family is convinced that there is simply no way one thief could have disassembled a 6-foot-tall mummy, swiped it off the front porch and tip-toed quietly away the night of Oct. 10 without a second set of hands.

For one, the mummy moaned and sung ghoulish tunes whenever it sensed a trick-or-treater nearby. The Cecils were also sleeping inside the single-story home.

"They had guts," David Cecil said.

The approximately $40 decoration was purchased at Lowe's by the late Marcia Cecil and her sons, John Cecil and David Cecil, of Victoria, five years ago.

For Marcia Cecil, setting it up each year was a lot like placing the star atop a Christmas tree. There was often much ado about where to stand the thing.

Marcia Cecil died unexpectedly in September after a blood clot in her spleen made its way to her heart, and John and David Cecil were forced to carry on the tradition without her at their house in the 800 block of East Mesquite.

"It was really hard to put it up by myself," John Cecil recalled, looking at a yard where orange extension cords snaked together, hooking up to other Halloween bobbles that spring to life in the dead of the night.

He was comforted Thursday morning by the fact that Wendy the Witch, Marcus the Carcass and the Rising Reaper were all accounted for.

"They all have a story behind them," John Cecil said.

And, although they haven't reported the mummy stolen to police, they've been on alert ever since, scouring nearby streets for any trace of its wrapped up remains.

John Cecil thinks his mother loved Halloween because when she was a kid and her bag of goodies burst open, leaving her empty-handed, a Victoria police officer volunteered to take her around the neighborhood a second time.

"We try to give people the benefit of the doubt. If they have a heart, just bring the mummy back," John Cecil said.

Terry Simons, chief deputy with the Victoria County's Sheriff's Office, said he wasn't aware of any stolen Halloween decorations.

He said video surveillance is cheap enough now to install. That, and a serial number, may help police track the item's whereabouts.

"Anything that's of value that's left unattended has a high risk of being taken," he said. "The longer you wait to report it, the less your chances of recovery are."

Sgt. Eline Moya also said the Victoria Police Department hadn't received reports of stolen Halloween decorations or vandalism. She said the family ought to report the theft.

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