Crooks who stole Christmas in April
WEST BEND -- West Bend Police said they caught the thieves who targeted a popular community event known as Enchantment In The Park.
Enchantment In The Park consists of a huge display of Christmas lights assembled through Regner Park. In December 2013, 8,000 cars drove through the park to see the festive light display, which also includes musical entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.
It's a free event that attempts to collect donations for local charities. More than 400 community volunteers help organize Enchantment In The Park.
But now, there's a shadow over the popular light show.
Adam Ellis, Nathan Wetzel and Trenton Kalies were arrested for vandalizing equipment and displays at the event.
Police said the three suspects cut hundreds of extension cords to get to the valuable copper inside. According to investigators, they had turned in 132 pounds of electric cords to be recycled, earning $674.10.
It was an employee at American Metal & Paper that alerted police. That same employee volunteers with Enchantment In The Park, and noticed the extension cords were from the Christmas display.
West Bend police say all three of the suspects have been arrested and convicted before for theft and drug violations.