Thieves take Christmas sparkle

Terry Tamiti holds a sign from his neighbours home who had Christmas lights stolen from her house.
Terry Tamiti holds a sign from his neighbours home who had Christmas lights stolen from her house.

A Waitara street will be missing its crowning glory this Christmas because thieves stole the lights from its best-decorated house.

The hand-made lights were probably stolen from the wall outside Allan and Janice Soffe's bedroom in Newbury Pl about 2.30am on Tuesday. The family's dog started barking at that time, but the couple thought nothing of it.

Neighbour Terry Tamati said Mrs Soffe's Christmas light display was an annual highlight for the street's children.

"She's been doing it for about 10 years. The kids always go up there to see Mrs Soffe's lights so it's disappointing.

"It's the opening to our street, so it's the whole street's pride and joy."

Mrs Soffe said she usually kept the lights up for a month, but had taken the rest down after the theft.

"The kids all keep asking, ‘When are you putting the lights up?' I'm disappointed. It's the kids who are missing out."

Her own grandchildren had not even had a chance to see the lights.

It took about a month to string up all the lights and arrange the display, she said.

"We get heaps of people coming by checking them out."

Mr Tamati said the thieves had spoilt the street's fun.

"We're just trying to find out who did it so we can deal to them."

Taranaki Daily News