Family finds Santa stabbed and lights stolen
A Rototuna family is devastated after their impressive Christmas display was attacked by vandals on Saturday night.
Tracey Reynolds is a bag of mixed emotions. She is sad. She is angry. She is confused.
Mrs Reynolds and her family spent hours on Friday night fixing lights and props worth thousands to her home, only to have them vandalised by hooligans on Saturday night.
Mrs Reynolds said she had switched off the lights around 11.30pm on Saturday night with everything intact and retired to bed, but when she woke on Sunday, she was met with a picture of devastation.
"I was so angry all day [on Sunday].
"It just ruined my day," she said.
"Friday night here they were all going, and already there were cars all down the street, mums and dads and grandparents all coming for a walk to check out the lights. Bringing the kids.
"And everybody loves it you know."
The family has been collecting decorations and displaying them for 12 years and this year added two reindeer with a sleigh and several solar candy canes to join two blow-up Santas and the "daddy reindeer" on the front lawn.
"All my new solar candy canes had disappeared, and then two or three other sets of lights on that side.
". . . And then I look across the lawn and there's no reindeer, the big reindeer's in pieces on the ground," she said.
But that isn't even the worst of it. The culprits also took to the big red man.
"They stabbed Santa," she said.
And her kids are gutted.
"It was just disheartening . . .the little one's crying ‘we only just finished them, mum'," Mrs Reynolds recalled.
Brittany Reynolds, 13, said it was "so sad" that people had to dampen their spirit at this time of year.
"We had put so much work into putting it all up . . . and then we woke up and it was just trashed," she said.
"It was devastating."
But apart from that, she and her sister Courtney said they were scared the thieves would come back and destroy more, or even break into their home.
"It was really scary," Brittany said.
Mrs Reynolds said she has found bits and pieces of her display scattered down the road, but a lot of it is beyond repair and irreplaceable.
"A lot of the things we've got from Kmart or wherever over the years and they're not doing them anymore or you can't get them anymore," she said.
"You can't just go and replace your whole house full of lights all at once."
Anyone with information about the missing lights should contact the police or send an email to the Waikato Times.