Real-life Grinch cuts wires on holiday lights display

December 04, 2017 05:29 PM

CLIFTON PARK - 'Tis the season for homeowners to flip the switch on their holiday light displays - some of which are pretty elaborate.

Unfortunately, the bigger the display, the bigger the target for vandals as one family found out this weekend when someone snipped their season's greetings.

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For the past 14 years, when the December sun has set in Clifton Park, the Miciotta family on Carlton Road has flipped the switch on illuminating good tidings. It's a neighborhood spectacle of light and color, complete with its own soundtrack.

"Probably takes us three to four weeks to really get going and get it all set up and it's a lot of time, a lot of effort," explained Joe Miciotta of Clifton Park.

Miciotta was out this past Saturday putting on some finishing touches when he noticed one of his wires was severed. At first, he thought it could have been an accident or that an animal chewed through it.

"Then I looked a little further and I saw a couple more and I'm an electrical contractor so I can tell the difference between a cut cord and an animal chewed cord and they were definitely cut," he pointed out.

Almost as concerning to the family is where the wires were cut. The vandal didn't do anything out in the yard. The wires that they snipped are practically outside the front door.

"You would think that somebody would do something further away from the front of my house, so it is a little concerning that they got that close and that brazen to come that close," admitted Miciotta.

He didn't contact police. He says he figured they have bigger things to worry about. He's just happy the vandals stopped where they did.

"A lot of this show is computer generated, so there's a lot of data wire and stuff like that. It's all color changing RGBs. If that stuff gets cut, the effort to even repair it -- we probably wouldn't have a show this year," he admitted.

Just like the Grinch, vandals won't keep Christmas from coming. A few repairs and replacements and Miciotta should be ready to light things up by the weekend. It just shakes your spirit is all.

"It's very disheartening. It kind of goes against what this month signifies, what this holiday signifies for me. So, it's very bothersome that somebody would do that," he admitted.

One new addition to the Miciotta's display this year -- surveillance cameras.

Miciotta's wife says if it happens again, they will be contacting law enforcement.

NewsChannel 13's Jerry Gretzinger checked it out and what happened there is a crime and would fall under criminal mischief and possibly criminal trespass.


WNYT Staff

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