PATERSON — A brazen Christmas tree thief smiled at a surveillance camera as she took two small Christmas trees off a front porch.

The resident shared video with  CBS New York  showing the woman unplugging the lights of the trees and gave a wave to the camera as she walks away with the fully decorated trees.

The homeowner told the news station that the woman left in a cab. She said the woman was pacing outside her home on the sidewalk the night before but does not know her.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 973-321-1111.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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