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Duncan police looking for Christmas lights vandals

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DUNCAN Okla_ Duncan Police are trying to figure out who destroyed more than a dozen strands of Christmas lights wrapped around light posts in the downtown area.

Main Street Duncan Director Tammy Johnson said she noticed this morning that sixteen light posts wrapped with green lights were completely out, but the red lights were not.

A closer inspection revealed the problem: someone had simply yanked the strands from the socket and ripped the wiring in two.

Police said they have an idea who is responsible, and they have been looking at surveillance video from a nearby shop.

The video shows two individuals on camera pulling the green lights from the sockets. Police aren't quite sure if the suspects are juveniles or adults.

Johnson said she just wants whoever is responsible to be caught.

"When I came this morning, I absolutely could not believe that something just happened to them," Johnson said. "Because I just never thought in a million years anything could happen to them. I never would've thought of grabbing a hold of the wires and ripping them."

The vandals hit 16 different sets on Main Street, from 10th to 7th street.

Every year since the holiday lights have gone up in downtown Duncan, Johnson said it never fails; someone is always the holiday Grinch.

"We were wrapping the poles with just regular strands of just white lights," Johnson said. "In the last couple of years at night, someone was coming down and would pull one or two bulbs out. When I get here every morning, two or three of the light poles, the lights would be out".

Those bulbs were easily replaceable, but Johnson said when the committee decided to put these non-removable light bulb strands up, she was sure this year was going to be different.

"It's just sad, because there aren't a whole lot of places in Duncan where you can go and just see beautiful Christmas lights all in one area, or get out of your car in the evening and have the lights."

Johnson said an electrician is expected to go to each strand to see if any can be salvaged. If they can't repair the strands, it will cost $1,000 to replace them.

 

 

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