Lights out: Police search for vandals cutting Christmas lights in Willowick

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WILLOWICK, Ohio--  Willowick police are investigating vandals who have snipped people's outdoor Christmas lights.

Balcerzak said someone is trying to ruin Christmas. "The first time my Christmas lights were cut was last Friday," said Michelle Balcerzak, of Willowick.

"I thought someone had stepped on it. But then the next day, the other side was cut, and now today when I got home from work, the cord is off of that one," said Balcerzak.

Balcerzak has replaced her Christmas lights several times but now she keeps some of her more personal decorations indoors.

(Lights being cut in Willowick- WJW image)
(Lights being cut in Willowick- WJW image)

"I can't even put out the ones out that my grandfather had made. He passed away when I was five. If anything would happen to those, I'd be devastated," said Balcerzak.

According to Patrolman Mark Guerrieri with the Willowick Police Department, they've received eight complaints of Christmas lights being cut over the past six days.

"This person is committing two crimes, technically. You have the criminal damage of cutting the electric cord and trespassing on someone's property to commit the crime," said Guerrieri.
Police believe the suspect or suspects may be juveniles who aren't thinking about the consequences, which could be jail time, fines, and getting hurt.

"You are cutting electricity and it's dangerous in itself," said Guerrier.

And while police do their best to try and catch these Christmas-light criminals, Balcerzak has her own plan to keep them off her yard.

"I think I am going to set up my motion detector sprinkler and get my grass a little greener this holiday season," said Balcerzak.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Willowick Police Department.

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