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Lights out for lawn angel: Post-holiday vandals stomp heavenly decorations

9:54 PM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
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BROOMFIELD - Maybe they had a bad day or don't have patience for those who keep their decorations up past the Christmas holiday.

Whatever the reason, Broomfield police are seeking the vandals who destroyed a homeowner's Christmas angel display.

Broomfield police posted video on their Facebook site Thursday that showed two young men trashing the display.

The family installed surveillance cameras this holiday season after their decorations were vandalized two years in a row.

On Dec. 31, the cameras caught the culprits in the act. One vandal kicks a lighted reindeer and tackles and stomps on an angel.

"The angels were the first ones we bought," homeowner Wendy Day said. "We said we really want angels to let everyone know what Christmas is for us."

Wendy tried to reassemble the 15-year-old broken angel, but she say it is so damaged she will have to throw it out. She says her husband spent three days assembling their light display this year.

"It gives him so much happiness to have this on," she said. "And to have someone come by and smash it for no reason - it's just really sad. The kids were really upset."

Broomfield police say three families in the Day's area recently reported damage to their holiday displays. Officers call the actions criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

"It appears to be more of a prank, and it's not acceptable," police spokeswoman Joleen Reefe said.

Matthew Day, 9, wants justice.

"I want to see them go to court," he said. "I want to see them behind bars."

His mom wants the culprits to see the light.

"I just want them to pay us back for what they ruined," Wendy said, "and to maybe see how something they think may not really matter. It does."

If you can identify the people in the video, call the Broomfield Police Department at 303-438-6400.

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