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Grinch steals military mom's decorations

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A military mom fighting cancer with her husband deployed is trying not to let a Grinch ruin Christmas.

She came home to find some of her inflatable Disney decorations slashed and others stolen. They were on her front lawn at 8:30 Saturday night, but at 10 p.m. three Disney inflatables were gone.

"Can we please have it back for Christmas?"

Nine-year-old Julian is devastated and he only saw half of what happened.

His mom says the thief also sliced three other inflatables.

"It looks like some sort of knife punctured it," she said. 

Heather Bruss stayed up all night sewing the sliced decorations.

"Down in there - there was another puncture to it - so I had to hand stitch this together," she said. 

Heather added to her inflatable collection this year because it brings a smile to a young neighbor with autism. This military mom, always thinking about others even when she undergoes radiation five times a week.

"I have Non-Hodgkin lymphoma - I've had cancer for the last year and my husband is deployed - he's part of the USS Boxer readiness group," she said. 

Heather has already gone online to try and replace them but this close to Christmas, she's having no luck, especially when it comes to the Mickey with holiday lights.

"My mom and sister in Virginia went to, I think, 10-15 stores to find it for me. So that's the one hitting me the hardest because it was a special gift from family back home," Heather said. 

Whoever took the decorations can't even use them because they left behind the cords, making Heather think this is simply a malicious act.

"That's not somebody who just wanted the decorations - that's someone who wanted to take something away from me... Didn't want me to have it," she said. 

"I think they're a Grinch," Heather's son said. 

Heather's son DJ is hoping this Grinch's heart will suddenly grow and they're not asking for much.

"Just return the decorations... No questions asked. You can leave them on the front yard - nobody will say anything to you... We just want our decorations back," she said. 

Several of Heather's neighbors also have inflatables but they didn't have any stolen or damaged. Heather says she doesn't know why anyone would target her.

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