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Vandals nearly ruined Christmas for a Lancaster family

A Lancaster family had their Christmas decorations destroyed. (WSYX/WTTE)

Vandals nearly ruined Christmas for a Lancaster family, weeks before Jolly Old Saint Nick even delivers the first gift.

The so called prank is putting a strain on a family already on hard times.

We’re less than a month from Christmas and as plenty of kids know, this is the time Santa is checking to see who’s naughty or nice. A few residents in Lancaster tell ABC 6 there are a couple of vandals who are will certainly be getting coal in their stocking this year.

“I’ve been out here, probably 2-3 hours. Trying to get some new lights and figure out how to run them,” said David Cleland.

It is certainly not the way David Cleland figured he’d be spending his Wednesday afternoon. Re-hanging holiday lights, the others literally ripped down and torn apart by vandals.

“It’s hard, it’s hard,” said Cleland.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal until you consider all of it put up for his 8-month old son Andrew. It’s the baby’s first Christmas.

With money tight, Cleland told ABC 6 he can’t afford replacements. Forced to take the lights from the family’s Christmas tree to hang decorations outside.

“It’s aggravating, especially when you don’t have much money you know. Now I’m hanging up some new ones hoping it don’t happen again,” said Cleland.

Not only were decorations damaged along 5th avenue, whoever was responsible also caused other trouble in the neighborhood.

Jennifer Barker told ABC 6 that her trash cans were tossed about. She was forced to pick it all up out of the streets.

“This is the time that we’re supposed to be with family and not have to worry about things like this,” said Barker.

Cleland is not sure if culprits will get caught, but he wants them to know the vandalism definitely was not a joke.

“I’d just ask them to give some respect, don’t ruin someone else’s Christmas cause you’re having a bad one,” said Cleland.



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