"I can't just go to the store and buy a lot of this stuff - it has been collected over years," says Shane MacCary.
MacCary's 68,000 lights and dozens of figures have long been a tradition outside his Monmouth County home. Also outside his home are surveillance video cameras that captured the holiday joy that was snatched up by three Christmas display bandits with Grinch-like tendencies.
A Lexus SUV drove up to the house and three men made their way onto the property at 2:30 in the morning. One man quickly finds he was no match for a candy cane display that was tethered to the ground, and wired to a power supply.
One of the suspects tried to make a run for it, and made their way to the corner of the property. One guy grabbed an inflatable, and another grabbed a snowman.
Frosty did not have a say in the matter, and in total, all of the stolen items are worth around $1,000. MacCary says the loss isn't his alone.
"I always enjoyed when I was younger, driving around looking at all the houses and how they were lit up, so one year I was like, 'I'm going to put the lights on in my house', and each year, I just kinda added more stuff.
It's that holiday cheer that cannot be stolen, but when the thieves drove off, one would have to think that Santa was watching.
"There is a lot of time and effort put into it all year. I am thinking 'what can I change, what can I move around?' so it's a year-long process to bring the magic," MacCary adds.
MacCary has filed a police report. He tells Eyewitness News he just wants the stolen items back. He says that in the Christmas spirit, an apology would be nice as well. null