A man with two blades was filmed wildly swinging on inflatable Christmas decorations, tearing them apart.
WATCH a vandal slice and destroy a Madera man’s Christmas decorations. The house where this happened is known as Madera Christmas House and has been a community fixture for 13 years. The owner is now asking for help in locating the suspect. Safer @ABC30 At 11 o’clock. pic.twitter.com/sau0WvlHZa
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“This one had about six notches, so it was completely deflated,” owner Jeff Cox said.
Another angle captures the vandal’s assault and disorderly escape.
“He tripped over the wires and knocked over this candy cane,” he said.
Now Cox is on edge. This is the second time his home has been targeted in less than a week. The most recent happened the day before Thanksgiving.
“It makes me feel really violated,” he said.
Jeff’s display of holiday cheer has been a community staple for just over a decade. His house is known as Madera Christmas House – with 10,000 lights and 25 inflatables ranging from Santa Claus and his reindeer to Mickey and his friends.
“Kids grew up with this display and they come by and now they’re older and bring their kids,” Cox said.
Damaged decorations are now thrown in a heap, some of them sewn up while others are beyond repair.
The incident made Jeff reluctant to release his full display
“It’s the bare minimum. We’re rethinking maybe going with more lights,” he said.
And even that almost did not happen.
“I thought about taking it all apart and setting up a big Grinch in the yard, but that’s a bit extreme,” he said.
All Jeff wants now is for the vandal to surrender.
“I don’t want any restitution for this. It’s not about the money, it’s about having things for your community and my children and grandchildren,” he said.
Jeff tells Action News that other people in his neighborhood were also targeted. He complained to the police and saw additional patrols in his neighborhood.
Anyone with information about the vandal is encouraged to call the Madera Police Department.
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