Christmas lights vandalized in Ft. Bend Co.

December 21, 2011 4:12:54 AM PST
Homeowners in one Fort Bend County neighborhood are having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit, but it's not from a lack of trying. Every time they put up Christmas lights at their homes, a Grinch comes by and cuts the wires. It has happened over a dozen times to one homeowner alone in the Canyon Gate subdivision.

Neighbors are fed up. They're trying to get into the holiday spirit, but when someone keeps cutting the wires on their decorations, that becomes difficult.

Linda Gardiner's grandmother was 102 years old when she died a week ago. The funeral was just Monday.

"I'm certain that they did this yesterday when we were at my grandmother's funeral," said Gardiner.

After returning home, Gardiner found a section of her Christmas lights in her yard cut.

"It's actually scary; scary to know that someone is coming that close to your house," Gardiner said.

And it's not the first time.

"This is the fifth time," she said.

And they're not just cutting the wire in the middle. Sometimes a section is entirely removed or is severed so close to the light it can't be repaired. Gardiner's neighbor has been hit more often than she has.

Carolyn Delasbour says she's been hit 13 times.

And that's just since the day after Thanksgiving. Delasbour has replaced the strings of lights each time, a costly and time consuming endeavor.

"I really don't understand it," said Delasbour.

We found at least three homes in this neighborhood where lights were similarly vandalized. The neighbors say they can't imagine who could be targeting them or why. They don't want it to destroy their Christmas spirit.

"I don't know that I'm putting the lights back out here; all I'm doing is putting them here for him to cut," said Delasbour.

If you have any information which can help investigators find those responsible, you can contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

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