CLAYTON – A Johnston County family can’t understand why someone would damage their Christmas display.
The vandalism was discovered Tuesday at a home in the Riverwood community off Loop Road outside of Clayton.
While the family was away during the day, someone used a sharp object to cut the electrical wiring to a Christmas deer light display in the front yard.
Damage to the lights was estimated at $300.
Johnston County deputies are investigating but don’t have any suspects.
This isn’t the first time a Grinch has tried to steal Christmas cheer from someone in the county. In 2017, deputies arrested a man for stealing a Christmas tree from a Benson-area business. In 2016, a Christmas lawn ornament was stolen from the front of a home on Crantock Road near Smithfield. And in 2013, Selma Police investigated the theft of Christmas lights taken from a home on Railroad Street less than one hour after the Christmas display was put up by the homeowner.