Police will review CCTV footage in a bid to catch vandals who toppled ‘Fantasy of Lights’ screens


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – FWPD detectives are set to analyze security camera footage from Franke Park, hoping to identify vandals who knocked over or damaged 16 screens connected to a popular display of Christmas lights.

Approximately 140 holiday light displays will be part of this year’s version of the Fantasy of Lights event being held in Fort Wayne’s North Park.

The number was closer to 70 eight years ago when a local organization called Blue Jacket took over the attraction.

Last Thursday, vandals toppled several screens belonging to Fantasy of Lights sponsors.

We spoke to Sunday Mitchell, who regularly takes his family through the exhibit.

“Maybe they (the vandals) don’t like everything about Christmas per se. But it’s for everyone in our community. And for a few selfish people to come here and ruin everything for us, it’s just sad. What does this come from? Mitchell said.

Organizers insist they don’t want to try to cash in on the upset feelings caused by the vandalism.

“We don’t want contributions, donations or sympathy, we just want a bit of community grace in case a few screens aren’t on or aren’t perfect, we’ll do our best to make sure they are. ,” said Tony Hudson, Executive Director of Blue Jacket.

Despite the setback, Blue Jacket intends to open Fantasy of Lights on Tuesday, November 16, a week earlier than the exhibit opened in previous years.

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