Grinch vandalizes, rips off NJ family’s beloved Christmas display: police

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OCEAN TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - The grinch visited one New Jersey home this weekend. The MacCary family of Ocean Township saw their elaborate Christmas display vandalized at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Their front lawn Christmas Display has been growing for 10 years, they say it took thousands of dollars and countless hours to curate a following of families who drive by each year to see the display set to holiday music.

But the thieves made off with an estimated 15 holiday fixtures and caused roughly $1,000 worth of damage.

“You have no right to go on somebody’s property and just think it’s a free-for-all and it’s a joke,” said Pam MacCary.

The family’s security system caught the vandals on tape. It looks like 3 young men who hopped out of a light-colored SUV in front of their house. One races onto their front lawn and tries to rip out a candy cane light. Unsuccessful, he moves on to fixtures in the corner of the yard, including a massive inflatable snow globe.

The MacCary’s are asking for the public’s help.

“If they know where it is we can go and we will go and pick it up we are looking for the merchandise to be returned,” said Pam.

She says her son Shane spends 3 weeks every season mounting the grand display. Many of the stolen items are irreplaceable. They were gifts from her son’s late uncle, who was also an elaborate decorator.

“It means a lot,” she added.

Donations collected in a box at the front of their yard go toward optometry awareness and buy glasses for those who can't afford them.

“You’re seeing a fantastic show and you’re donating money, so someone less fortunate can wear a pair of eyeglasses and see,” said Pam.

The Ocean Township Police are investigating the theft.