UPDATE: Deputies closing in on Christmas Grinch in Walker
POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:23pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:07pm
WALKER, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Law enforcement is closing in on the person who vandalized the city's Christmas display.
Mayor Bobby Font says the city received six tips from concerned residents on Facebook. That led authorities to the person they believe may have done it. Font says the Sheriff's Office is trying to find that person so they can make an arrest.
ORIGINAL STORY: An act of vandalism in Walker has residents feeling as though they were attacked by a Christmas Grinch.
The Walker Wonderland is located of Hwy 10-29 and is a new annual tradition that started three years ago. The free display also features activities throughout the month December, such as movies and outdoor concerts.
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the display was vandalized. We’re told it happened sometime before 5:00 a.m. All of the massive inflatable items were slashed, and the bathrooms at the park were severely damaged.
Residents have already begun donating items from their personal displays to the Walker Wonderland as replacements. City workers have been active all day to clean up the mess.
Mayor Bobby Font is personally offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest. He has not specified how much that reward will be, but assures that he will pay for it out of his own pocket.
The Walker Wonderland will be open tonight and will stay open through Christmas. NBC33’s Kelsey Scram is out in Walker and will have the full report on NBC33 News at 5:00 p.m.
Click here for more information on the City of Walker’s Facebook page.
Video attached in this story was provided by the City of Walker and shows the display prior to the act of vandalism.