WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The holiday season is celebrated in many forms, often times by sending and receiving Christmas cards.
Police say one area man was taking advantage of the holiday cheer by stealing Christmas greetings from one Wausau home.
Police say 23-year old Adam Wallin of Merrill faces two charges of felony burglary. Authorities say Wallin broke into a home on West Bridge Street, taking nothing but the homeowner's Christmas cards.
Wallin appeared in court on Tuesday, pleading not guilty to the burglary charges. Police say when they arrested Wallin he admitted to taking the cards. He also said he returned to the home to bring the cards back, but when someone answered the door, he didn't know what to do.
That's when the homeowners called the police, who aren't so sure about Wallin's story.
"A lot of times (a thief) will knock. If no one answers then they know it is safe to go in. If someone does answer, than sometimes they have a conversation and try to get themselves into the home," Lt. Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Department said.
Wallin is also charged with breaking into a home on N 9th Avenue in Wausau. Police say they are unsure if anything was taken from that home.
Police say the missing Christmas cards were found in Wallin's vehicle and returned, just in time for Christmas. As for Wallin, he is currently being held in the Marathon County jail on a $5,000 cash bond.