By Bill Shields, WBZ-TVBy Bill Shields

GARDNER (CBS) -A father is devastated after a Christmas display dedicated to his son was vandalized.

“My son always loved the Christmas lights,” says Paul LaRoche of Gardner.

So when his son died several years ago in an accident, Paul dedicated himself to making is holiday light show bigger than ever, in honor of his son. It has grown in the five years since his son passed, to become “must see” during the holiday season.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

But Sunday morning, Paul discovered that thieves had stolen part of his display the night before, the baby Jesus, and a camel from the Nativity display. “It just makes me sad,” says Paul,”because this brings so much joy to the young and the elderly. I don’t know why anyone would do such a thing.”

LaRoche doesn’t want to press charges, or even know who the thief is. “They can just return the figurines, no questions asked.”

It would be a nice holiday gesture.

Comments (5)
  1. Lori says:

    I hope the person(s) who STOLE the2 figurines brings them back!!!

  2. DoverDavid says:

    It’s sad how every year, just like the Christmas season that approaches, this happens over and over again. People with nothing better to do than ruin something of someone’s and for others to enjoy. Perhaps these things need to be chained down during display time to prevent them from being stolen.

  3. Denise says:

    Paul – I’ve seen your display and enjoyed it the numerous times I’ve passed by! I hope you get your items back – unfortunately many of the kids and adults today – find enjoyment out of creating misery! It’s a beautiful memorial to your son and I’m sure even without those two pieces he’s smiling and appreciates your effort in his Memory!

  4. Ridiculous n Embarassed says:

    Ok, first of all whoever wrote this article needs to go back to college and learn proper grammar. Second of all, your son died just over 6 years ago( Oct 2005)not 5 yrs, my how fast we forget. It is a nice display, lots of hard work goes into setting it up and taking it down. But if you want your son to smile down on you for your efforts lets not kid ourselves, you need to end all the other drama that is tied into his passing with the special (VERY SPECIAL) person that raised him (by herself). The people who mattered in your sons life know the truth, and it will surface when the time is right, for the repect and honor or your sons name and legacy. That is how he would of wanted it.

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