Thieves take Christmas lights displays
THIEVES have robbed Vicki Koplick of her good faith in humans.
The Gladstone resident awoke on Tuesday morning to discover the Christmas lights display she and other family members had spent hours installing on Monday at their Sun Valley Road home had been stolen.
What's even more worse is that she's not the only one. Amy Barlow had two sets of lights stolen and two other sets cut this week at her home in Acorn Street.
The brazen theft of hundreds of dollars worth of lighting and Christmas signs and decorations have angered Ms Koplick.
'We only moved into the house on Sunday,' Ms Koplick said.
'All of us spent hours on Monday putting up the display only to have it robbed hours later.
'I feel so angry because we had so many comments from people that night saying how wonderful it was.
'We have lived in Gladstone for five years now and never had the display in our former homes in Curtis or Martin streets stolen.'
Between 10.30pm Monday and 6am Tuesday, thieves entered the yard, removed the display which included an inflatable Santa in a sleigh, reindeers and rope lights.
She said she could only hope now that the thieves put the stolen items to good use. Miss Barlow said her four-year-old daughter was devastated by the theft.
'The lights belonged to her and we had to tell her they were stolen,' Miss Barlow said.
'It's just so upsetting to spend time and money on these things and then have some little grubs come along and wreck it.'