One London family is offering a cautionary tale to others after they say someone swiped a Christmas laser light system off their front lawn in broad daylight.
The light system, a Star Light Shower, had only been up for a few days before it was plucked from their lawn late Saturday morning, said Mari Hughes. The system, which projected coloured lights onto their Westmount home, was taken sometime after her husband left for work at 10:45 a.m., she said.
“By the time I got back for work, just shortly after noon, as I was driving back in I noticed the extension cord with no light attached,” said Hughes.
“Taken in the middle of the morning.”
Hughes says it’s especially disappointing given this was the first time the family had dressed up the home for the Christmas season.
“We thought, you know, the kids are getting older, and they would appreciate it, so it was their idea,” she said. “We bought it together. They’re disappointed too. … My youngest one cried.”
After posting about the incident on her Facebook, Hughes says she has been made aware of similar stories from friends and friends of friends.
In particular, one person reported having two light systems stolen last year, and another residing in the east end recalled having theirs swiped last week. Some, she said, reported having other items stolen off their porch.
“Other people were saying they’re probably selling them on Kijiji to make a couple bucks,” Hughes said, referring to the online classifieds website. “I just think that’s awful.”
Hughes says she hopes her experience acts as a catalyst for others to secure their Christmas decorations or take them inside when they’re not in use.
In addition to her Facebook post, Hughes says she also left a message for the thief at the scene of the crime.
“I also put a note on my lawn that basically says ‘to whomever stole my Star Light, shame on you, and I hope you feel guilty every time you use it.’”