Grinches Swipe Naples’ Christmas Tree Within 24 Hours of Unveiling

The culprits made off with the holiday tree, which was plotted in Naples' historic Umberto I, Napoli.

The following article appears on The Local.

A Christmas tree lasted just 24 hours in Naples’ most famous shopping arcade before someone stole it.

By Friday morning, only a few branches, some baubles and a stump remained of the tree installed the day before in the Galleria Umberto I.

The thieves had removed the rest of the metres-high tree, decorations and all. Photos show a clean cut, suggested that the culprits may have been equipped with a chainsaw.

The tree had been donated to the glass-roofed arcade by the Gran Caffè Gambrinus, one of Naples’ oldest establishments, just the day before.

It was “a present for Naples”, the café said in a video inaugurating the decorations.

It’s not the first time that the Galleria Umberto has had its Christmas tree stolen, but this is believed to be a record for the shortest time a tree has lasted, according to Ansa.

In previous years police have found stolen trees – or bits of them – in the city’s dense Spanish Quarters, waiting to be used in the traditional bonfires that Neapolitans lights around January 17th to celebrate Sant’Antonio Abate. Continue reading at The Local. 

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