A Conroe family was shaken up this week when someone damaged their life-size Santa and left a gun nearby.

“I was sad to see the Santa beat up and legs gone, but panicked when I saw the gun!” Jana Deardorff said.

Deardorff contacted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and they came out and picked up the BB gun.

A Conroe family was shaken up this week when someone damaged their life-size Santa and left a gun nearby.

Deardorff said her husband did some detective work and determined two young brothers in the neighborhood were to blame.

They admitted they’d been using the gun to shoot ducks at a nearby golf course and didn’t mean to leave it behind after tearing up the Santa, Deardorff said.

She said they weren't happy to learn the sheriff's department had confiscated their gun.

After talking with the teens’ father, the Deardorffs decided not to pursue charges.