LIGHTS OUT: Chris Goodwin with daughter Samara, 2 look at some of the Christmas lights from their display that was stolen and broken.
LIGHTS OUT: Chris Goodwin with daughter Samara, 2 look at some of the Christmas lights from their display that was stolen and broken. Adam Hourigan

The grinches who stole Christmas at Junction Hill

THE grinches who stole Christmas at Junction Hill on the weekend didn't escape in a beat-up sleigh, but an old green Holden.

Chris Goodwin had just gone to bed about 10pm on Friday when he heard a car drive up Trenayr Cl, followed a few minutes later by a weird noise.

He ventured outside to see half of his Christmas lights damaged and the other half gone, along with a Santa Stop Here sign and candy cane lights, as well as a car turning left into the nearby Bailey's Estate.

Suspecting they would later drive out of the estate, he waited outside for them to come back.

"Sure enough, about 10 minutes later they went past again and you could see solar lights lit up in the back of the car," he said.

"The next morning it was obvious other people had been affected further up the road. I'm pretty pissed off, there was easily $100 worth stolen or damaged, and we only bought some of the lights that morning."

But it's his two-year-old daughter, Samara, who is really missing out. "She was born in November so the Santa Stop Here sign we got on her first Christmas and same with the candy cane lights. She loved seeing them," Mr Goodwin said.

"But we're not going to buy any more if they are just going to get stolen.

"You look forward all year to putting them up; it just takes the fun out of it."

Mr Goodwin said he called and spoke to police but his details weren't taken.

Only one incident that night, in Schonbien Crt, is in the police records.

The residents of that address were woken at 11pm on Friday night to the sound of a car door opening and closing and came outside to find their Christmas lights and reindeer and candy cane lawn decorations had been removed from the house.

Police said the theft victims then chased after a Holden Commodore station wagon driving away from the scene and confronted the occupants, two males and a female with long blonde hair, who promptly sped off.

During the confrontation the victim allegedly noticed a large amount of Christmas lights in the back seat of the car, some of which were still lighting up.

The station wagon was last seen heading towards Grafton.

Anyone with information on this incident or others is asked to phone Grafton police on 6642 0222.



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