FLORISSANT, Mo. – Thieves targeted a decades-old Christmas tradition in Florissant this week, stealing four characters from a home’s Charlie Brown display along New Florissant Road.

“I guess I have to say in my best Charlie Brown voice: good grief!” the owner, David Counts, said.

Counts built each character by hand 20 years ago, and he said the display has been an attraction for drivers-by every holiday season since.

“People have come to take pictures with it,” he said.

He noticed Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally and Linus were gone Monday. Snoopy, his doghouse and Schroeder are all that remain.

Counts said each piece is a few feet tall and nailed into the ground, so he believes the thieves had to put in effort to take them from the yard.

He also said his house wasn’t the only one targeted.

“My neighbor said she had a small display of Santa and reindeer and a couple of other small things, and some of her items were also missing. And what they didn’t take they destroyed,” he said.

Florissant Police said they don’t have any leads in the case yet, but Counts is hoping those responsible will have a change of heart.

“I just try to spread some Christmas joy, and maybe they can spread a little Christmas joy by returning them,” he said.