Vandal grinch targets Tolland family | Photos

When little Oliver Brown, 2, came outside to admire his grandparents’ elaborate light display, he was heartbroken to discover the wires cut. 

The Kanes are known for lighting up their street.

They have the only house on Edghill Place, Tolland with Christmas decorations up and were shocked on Saturday when they wouldn’t turn back on. 

“We noticed a loose wire and when we checked the line we realised it had been cut up completely,” Sylvia Kane said. 

“I was absolutely crushed.

“Just trying to make Christmas a little brighter and this happens.” 

Jolly Santa Claus lights in the ground had also been knocked over. It comes shortly after the family’s birdbath was destroyed while they were away on holiday. 

Mrs Kane said the grinch must have struck some time after 3am on Saturday morning. 

“Growing up I didn’t have the best life, my family never got into Christmas, I just wanted to make it special for little Ollie,” she said. 

Over the past few years their house has become a Christmas light destination for the community, littered with years of lights and a mix of homemade and purchased decorations. 

Dennis Kane said they haven’t had any trouble with vandalism in the festive season for about five years. 

“I’m just working to get it all back up there after they ruined it on us,” Mr Kane said. 

After Sylvia posted photos of the destruction on the Wagga Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page, they were met with an outpouring of sympathy. 

“We just wanted to warn other people, some said they’ve had the same problems and stopped putting lights up,” Ms Kane said. 

“But if I give up and pull the lights down, the vandals have won.

“I’m not going to do that.” 

The NSW Police Force Community Portal accepts Intentional Damage reports where a person intentionally or recklessly destroys or damages another person’s property. 

Damaged property of any value can be reported to the police. 

The Kanes and their nephew Adam Bartley, 16, and grandson Oliver, 2, refuse to be defeated. Dennis was heading to storage on Sunday to fill the empty space with Christmas cheer once more. 

The family invite anyone doing the rounds of the Wagga’s lights to come and have a look at Edghill Place. 


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