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Stolen Santa Claus Found Safe

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UPDATE: The Boni Family Santa Claus statue was found today, on Christmas Eve, by a viewer who spotted it in Yemassee.

After snapping photos of the statue seen outside of the elementary school, the family says they went to see if this was their Santa. Sure enough, Amy Boni says the statue was their long lost family heirloom, taken by thieves from their storage unit in Bluffton around Thanksgiving.

Boni says she alerted the police, who are investigating. Meanwhile, she says the santa is back with its rightful owners.

According to Boni, the school received the statue as a gift, but were happy to return it when they realized it belonged to the family. She says police will investigate further, to hopefully find a trail to other items stolen from their storage unit at EZ Cool Storage in Bluffton on November 19.

BACKGROUND--

In the Lowcountry, police are searching for some storage unit thieves who they say stole a woman's Santa Claus statue.

Margaret Boni's one Christmas wish is to have her beloved Santa statue back in her yard.  

"I have no idea how this could happen. None, whatsoever," Boni says.

She refers to that Santa Claus as somewhat of a family member. It's a Boni family tradition to illuminate the six foot tall Santa, as the center piece of Margaret Boni's yard filled with festive decor.

"I put him in our yard at Moss Creek for 15 years," Boni says. "Oh, he was the center and the lighting was just, if you ever talked to anyone where we lived, it was fabulous. You could see the lights when you were going down 278."

Police say Boni's storage shed was found with the lock broken, and the contents gone on November 19. Boni got the phone call from her son, who discovered Santa missing.

"He called and he said, ‘Mom, he's gone,'" she says. Now, she's brokenhearted at the memory she says is lost.

"Why would anyone take Papa's Santa Claus? You know, I just don't understand it," she says.

She remembers the day she brought him home to her late husband those fifteen years ago. She says he truly adored decorating the lawn with the Santa Claus, but he passed away about a year and a half ago.

"You know, to lose your husband and then to lose something that was so special to him that they'd have to take," Boni says.

Now she only hopes someone will spot the Santa, from the photos her family is circulating on Facebook.

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