POSTED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:33pm
DUTCHTOWN, LA — Three vandals in Ascension Parish are costing homeowners thousands by destroying Christmas light displays. They were caught on camera elbow-dropping a reindeer and ripping apart the remaining decorations.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident was first reported on Saturday, Dec. 8. Deputies responded to a home in the Old Dutchtown Subdivision where a homeowner reported damage to his $35,000 LED Christmas light display. The owner created his “Winter Wonderland” as a fundraiser for children at St. Jude.
Officials say there was an estimated $10,000 worth of damage. They also revealed that 18 additional homes in the subdivision reported damage to their decorations as well. Those homes have an estimated total of damage at $10,000.
Witnesses reported seeing two vehicles in the area. One described as a dark colored, newer model GMC or Chevy truck. The second vehicle described as a small green or teal colored SUV with an LSU block letter sticker on the rear glass. According to the witness the driver of both vehicles are white males in their late teens or early twenties. Home surveillance video captured three white males damaging the Christmas decorations.