Stolen cars end of road for Eric
THE lights of Christmas have already been dimmed and may go off completely for Murwillumbah pensioner Eric Vernon.
Mr Vernon has turned off the lights in his front garden Christmas display after thieves stole about $40 worth of matchbox-sized toy cars which added a special touch.
And although the display in Commercial Road, a block from the heart of town, had attracted admiring onlookers, Mr Vernon is vowing not to turn the lights back on until the toys - about 30 of them - are returned.
He suspects youths took the little cars late last Friday night and is particularly suspicious of young teenagers he saw "hanging around" near the bridge earlier.
Mr Vernon hopes parents who spot children with newly acquired matchbox-sized cars will ask where they got them.
"I'm really peeved off about this because it was part of the Christmas display and they have vandalised it," said Mr Vernon who front yard has become well-known for its year-round fairy-land style displays.
"I'm not switching the lights on again until the cars are returned," he vowed.
"I've had people pull up out the front looking at the display and saying it's fantastic, but if the cars aren't returned I'll be packing it all up. When you are a pensioner and you go to a lot of trouble you can't afford to lose $40 worth of cars."