Vandals take a little joy away from the season
The city of Thayer has a reputation of having some of the nicest Christmas decorations in the area.
That's why city officials are fuming over an apparent act of vandalism at Warm Fork Park.
When city employee and park maintenance worker Van Garrison left work Friday afternoon all the Christmas decorations he is responsible for seemed fine.
Sunday he discovered severe damage had occurred to the decorations at Warm Fork Park.
"This happens every year. It just has not happened this bad before," he said.
Three heads were torn off reindeer, one 8-foot snowman is missing, and another large snowman was torn down.
"I just went to Wal-Mart and bought all the lights they had, to replace the probably more than 200 lights that were destroyed. I spent $58 and still will not have enough lights to fix what was destroyed," Garrison said.
In recent years Garrison has put a lot of work into the decorations at the park. All of the wooden decorations he hand-made himself.
He said it takes seven to nine days typically to decorate the city for the Christmas season.
"The lights around the boat dock near the river were even stomped," said Thayer Police Chief Frank Bernard. "I doubt if $200 would even touch what it is going to cost the city to repair the damage."
Thayer Alderman Al Clark said he is personally offering a $50 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the vandalism.
Call the Thayer Police Department or Thayer City Hall to report any information relating to the destruction.