Police investigate slashing of holiday decorations in Waukesha

CREATED Dec 10, 2012

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WAUKESHA - Holiday displays are common this time of year. People spend a lot of time and money on them. But a spree of vandalism over the weekend has neighbors both annoyed and on edge.

"That's the first thing they want to put up every Christmas is the inflatables," explained Alisun Caproon. "We had them just kind of  all over the yard."

Now, Caproon's oversized holiday decorations sit in a pile, deflated and destroyed.

"It was slashed with a knife so with the kids being out here it kind of worried us."

Her home is one of about a dozen in Waukesha vandalized over the weekend. Most of which happened on the south side of town. But police believe all are connected.

"It's just very very irritating."

Carlos Guzman's holiday lights were ripped off the roof of his house on N. Hine Avenue. He found them in the street Saturday morning.

"That forced my wife and I to start looking into cameras...The whole nine yards," said Guzman. Both their cars were broken into earlier in the week.

Police believe kids are behind the slashing spree. And the department is taking the cases seriously.

"As a police department we will recommend charges whether it be to the district attorney's office, municipal citations...," said Lt. Dan Baumann with Waukesha Police. "I'm highly confident we're going to get whoever has been doing this, bring them in and have a nice long talk with them."

Families hit are frustrated about the loss of time and money but more importantly a sense of stolen security and holiday spirit.

"To come home and find this, it was definitely concerning and it was to the point where we were going to look at ADT (security) you know?" said Caproon. "I just don't understand why you'd want to go around and slash the kids enjoyment of the holidays."

Police believe there may be more victims.

They have identified suspects and are following up on more leads.

Lt. Baumann suggests homeowners turn your holiday lights off when you go to bed at night.