The iconic holiday decorations outside Emmy Lou’s Ltd. gift shop are missing their sentimental centerpiece—a beautiful antique sleigh filled with presents—after it was stolen Saturday evening.
The sleigh has stood in front of Emmy Lou’s for the past 27 years—8 years at the shop’s current location at the corner of Hebron Avenue and Main Street—and was stolen between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.
“Hopefully somebody saw something,” shop owner Emmy Lou DeBari said. “It’s sort of like an icon for the town of Glastonbury.”
Police say someone backed a small truck onto the sidewalk and up to the sleigh, unplugged the electric lights and snipped the wires holding it in place. They then left the faux presents in place and made off with the antique sleigh. During the theft, the truck also backed over the stone marker that commemorates the building as a historic location.
The shop is located in the former home of Gideon Welles, Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy.
Emmy Lou says she isn’t angry with the culprits, so much as sad at the disappearance of a local holiday favorite.
“It’s very sentimental,” she said. “It’s an antique sleigh. It’s over 200 years old.”
Despite its age the sleigh’s monetary value is negligible, Emmy Lou said, because of its condition and its hand-done red paint job.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Glastonbury Police Officer Adam VanSkiver at (860)633-8301, or Emmy Lou’s Ltd. at (860)633-9565. You can also post any potential information to the comment section of this article or on our Facebook page, and stay tuned to Glastonbury Patch for updates on this story.