New Jersey family's elaborate Christmas light display destroyed by vandals

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Mallory Hoff has the story from Ocean Township. (WABC)

An elaborate display of Christmas lights in New Jersey designed to spread holiday cheer was met by thieves.

"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.
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