Vandals Hit Pennsylvania Christmas Light Display

Someone in Upper Darby, Pa. doesn’t like Joseph Russella’s Christmas lights. He only has about 50,000 of them set up. But for several nights in a row so far this season someone has come on his property and cut the wires powering his Christmas light display.

Joseph Russella, 70, chokes up and holds back tears when he talks about the damage and effect it has had on him.

“I’m here 49 years and do my decorations every year since my first kid was born in 1963,” Russella said. “My wife, Janet, and I were the first young couple to move into this section, now we’re the old couple and other young couples live on the street.

He said he used to put up more decorations than the strings of Christmas stars, reindeer, a Santa and mock Christmas packages that fill his lawn this year.

“I usually put up the lights right after Thanksgiving,” Russella added.

He said last week was the first time someone cut the wire on the string of stars along the sidewalk to his front door.

“The wire has been cut four times since then,” Russella said. “Every time I fix the wires someone cuts them again in the same place. When they cut them this time, they cut it several times to make sure I couldn’t fix it. Now the lights shorted out and I can’t light any of them.”

Russella posted several handwritten signs on his front lawn directed to the Grinch for damaging the lights saying: “Thank you for being such a good neighbor for cutting my wires, you sick person.”

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