Angela McAlpine and her daughter Chloe with some of the lights left in their Christmas display.
Angela McAlpine and her daughter Chloe with some of the lights left in their Christmas display. Felicia Kosegi

Thieves target Chirstmas lights

GRINCH-like thieves targeted a Banora Point Christmas light display three times during the holiday.

Andrew and Angela McAlpine’s Banora Point home is usually a Christmas light wonderland, but now the festive decorations just remind them of someone’s low act.

The couple returned home from a family gathering on Christmas night with their children to discover senseless vandals had attacked their display.

“We came home on Christmas night and there was no Santa and in the morning we got up and realised the reindeers were gone,” Mrs McAlpine said.

“The huge, blow-up Santa was sitting in the garden and they just ripped him out and pulled all the cord down.

“It (Santa) was totally useless to them.

“They came back in the early hours of the morning and stole the rope-light reindeers and the week before that they pulled apart some other reindeers.”

The three attacks occurred within a week, Mrs McAlpine said.

“It’s low to do it and even lower to do it on Christmas night,” she added.

“We’re just shattered and my husband was livid.

“It put a downer on our whole Christmas.”

Mrs McAlpine said they pulled the lights down after Boxing Day because they were so angry.

The McAlpines have been showing their lights and building up their display for four years.

“We just do it because we like it and other people really enjoy it also,” Mrs McAlpine said.

“All the neighbours ask when we’re turning them on; they can’t wait.

“But we’re not doing it next year and we probably won’t do it for a couple of years.”

Mrs McAlpine said they had never had any problems before and could not understand why anyone would want to vandalise their display.

“Our lights were synchronised to music and with that and everything it (the value) runs into the thousands.

“It’s just too expensive just to let people rip it apart,” Mrs McAlpine said.

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