Vandals tear down Christmas lights in Fort Wayne neighborhood

Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 5:43 PM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Vandals hit a Fort Wayne neighborhood and tore down Christmas lights and it was all caught on camera.

Tina Smith saw the action on video captured on her Ring doorbell camera Saturday night. The video appears to show a few people trying to steal Christmas lights draped above her front porch on Highwood Drive.

“I was startled because I didn’t know why it would be ripped like that,” Smith said. “I just felt my blood draining because knowing that I’m asleep alone with my dogs just feet away from these people.”

Smith says she was at home with her son Parker and that her dogs were barking more than usual. In the moment, Smith says she didn’t think much of it. However, she noticed something wasn’t right the day after.

“Had I known there were intruders on my porch vandalizing my home, maybe I could’ve done something in the moment,” Smith said. “It kinda creeped me out because the footage was a little bit terrifying to see these people just bum-rushing my house.”

Smith wasn’t the only one who had decorations tampered with. Just a couple streets over, it appears these same people also took off with an inflatable Santa.

Smith says she’s not as upset with the damage, but rather who these vandals unknowingly targeted.

“My son, Parker is nonverbal,” Smith said. “We try to focus on what he loves and what excites him and one of those things are lights and colors.”

While Smith prepares to celebrate Christmas with her son, she hopes the people who did this will learn a valuable lesson.

“I think they need to grow up,” Smith said. “I believe that it’s wrong to cause harm whether it’s to a person physically or emotionally and if you’re teaching your kids that it’s okay or that it’s reckless teenage fun, then that’s wrong.”

Smith asks that if you know who did this to give police a call and she encourages you to keep an eye on you decorations.

Copyright 2021 WPTA. All rights reserved.