Squirrel implicated in Christmas display vandalism

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[Photo courtesy of Sea Girt Police Department]

SEA GIRT — The Sea Girt Police Department has cracked the case of the vandalized Christmas decorations on The Plaza last week. The squirrel did it.

In a post to its Facebook page, the department stated: 

“The Sea Girt Police Department is proud to report that the case of our broken holiday lights has been solved. We are happy that no human acted as a grinch in this incident. The squirrel was “charged “with criminal mischief and released on bail,” police said in the post.

The treelighting ceremony proceeded as scheduled, at 7 p.m. Friday after the lights were replaced by the public works department.

Buzz Wagner, an employee of the borough’s public works department, discovered the vandalism last Saturday, Nov. 25. Strings of lights for a reindeer display next to the Sea Girt Library and on the Christmas Tree in The Plaza were cut to pieces. Pumpkins at a nearby restaurant were smashed as well.

“It must have been about 25 to 30 cuts,” Mr. Wagner said of the lights. “I don’t know why so many cuts, it doesn’t make sense.

Sea Girt Police Captain Justin Macko said the department believes the vandalism occurred between Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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