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.

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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

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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.”

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It would be a nice holiday gesture.