16 hanging baskets stolen from streetscape project in Paris, Ont.

Brant county OPP say 16 decorative hanging baskets, intended for use as seasonal decorations, were reported stolen in downtown Paris, Ont. Friday.

'Extremely upset resident' noticed baskets gone about midday Friday

Police say 16 baskets intended to be used for seasonal Christmas decorations were stolen early Friday from Grand River Street and William Street in Paris, Ont.

The Grinch has come early to Paris, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police in Brant county say about 16 decorative hanging baskets, intended for use as seasonal decorations, were reported stolen from the community's downtown core Friday.

The floral baskets had been hung up "some time ago" by downtown business boosters to decorate the town, OPP Constable Ed Sanchuk told CBC. The intent was to change the basket contents to a more wintry, seasonal display for the upcoming holiday period. 

"Obviously these are fixtures in Paris," Sanchuk said, "they're used and re-used. They're up every summer and every winter."

Police say an "extremely upset resident" reported the baskets missing early Friday afternoon. Investigators determined that the baskets vanished in the early hours Friday morning from the Grand River Street and William Street area. 

Surveillance cameras "captured the unknown individuals removing the baskets," Sanchuk said, and investigating offers are reviewing the footage.

"If someone accidentally removed these baskets thinking they were no longer being used," Sanchuk added, "give us a call."

"This may be a misunderstanding, but right now we're treating it as a theft."

Sanchuk confirmed that the baskets were not removed by any county employees. 

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact the Brant county OPP.