Hervey Bay’s Karen and Kevin Stevenson and their son Robby had their Christmas lights damaged.
Hervey Bay’s Karen and Kevin Stevenson and their son Robby had their Christmas lights damaged. Karleila Thomsen

Vandals unwelcome present

CHRISTMAS spirit was far from the mind of the unwelcome visitor who arrived in Iris Keen’s front yard on Saturday morning.

The elderly Torquay woman was devastated to discover someone had desecrated her Christmas lights through the night.

The offender ripped up and stole candy canes, a plywood elf and path lights and cut through fibre optic cables.

Ms Keen’s daughter, Karen Stevenson, was staying at the Colyton Street home when the thief struck.

“We heard some noises early on Saturday morning but the dogs didn’t even bark,” Ms Stevenson said.

“We lost three sets of path lights and four candy canes and they cut the fibre optics.

“Mum broke down when she saw it.

“Mum has nearly lost her Christmas spirit altogether. She didn’t think anyone could do something like that.”

Christmas lights have graced Ms Keen’s front yard for several seasons but this was the first year she had entered the Light Up Fraser Coast competition.

In a show of family solidarity, her son Craig sent money to buy new lights and Ms Stevenson and her husband Kevin worked to repair and re-hang the decorations. They made a complaint to police and hope the law catches up with the Scrooge who stole their lights.

“My mum does a lot of work for the community,” Ms Stevenson said. “She takes a religious education class at Kawungan State School and is a crossing supervisor there.

“It was a very extensive display.

“Mum’s focus was on the nativity scene because she is a Christian – but they didn’t touch that.”



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