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Vandals Steal Christmas Spirit From Mansfield Neighborhood

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MANSFIELD (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s the time of year when homeowners in an Mansfield neighborhood would be showing off their Christmas decorations.

Lights, Santa, reindeer — all lite up and glowing near Almond and Yarmouth.

This year, there’s not much of that going around.

After Christmas lights were smashed, Santas destroyed and reindeer knocked over, neighbors say they’ve had enough.

Last week, a family’s large inflatable Santa was stolen and returned trashed.

“I had all the trees decorated,” says Don Kahler. “I had a blue stream that used to run in my front yard because the deer would be drinking from it.”

mansfield yard Vandals Steal Christmas Spirit From Mansfield Neighborhood This is how Don Kahler decorated his house in 2011.
(credit: Don Kahler)

Kahler did that last year now his decorations sit in a box in his garage.

He refuses to put them up.

“It was vandalized every year for the last three years,” says Kahler. “They had destroyed the deer enough to where I couldn’t use them anymore.”

Vandals didn’t just steal his spirit, but his neighbors too.

Cindy Folk’s house used to be known as the “Clark Griswold” home.

“We had put everything out the day after Thanksgiving. The next morning we had four different deer – a little snow man – a choo-choo train, everything was torn up,” says Folk of the decorations she put up a few years ago.

Folk and other neighbors are fighting back and going dark.

No lights, no reindeer and no Santas.

Nothing is up around the family’s yard.

“It’s all about Jesus, but it’s like you can’t show it,” says Folk. “I feel like we don’t have the Christmas spirit, but I’m not willing to go through it again.”

Police say in the next few weeks homeowners should report anything suspicious.

If they catch someone vandalizing holiday decorations then depending on the value of the damage the suspect could get a ticket or it could be a felony.

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