Security camera footage caught a group of unidentified teenagers knifing several inflatable characters in an attack on a Canadian gay couple’s neighborhood Christmas display Saturday night.
The video shows the group of teens running up to the Christmas display in the Toronto couple’s front yard and laughing as they stabbed and slashed several of the lit, inflatable characters, according to CTV News. Adam Broker and Chris Basnicki, the couple who have set up the display for the past 12 years for local children, reported the incident to the police and are seeking justice.
“I was devastated… violated because I do this for the kids in the neighborhood,” Basnicki told CTV.
The security camera caught everything the kids did to the display, and the apparent glee they took in the destructive acts.
“You hear them clearly – they’re laughing,” Broker told CTV Toronto. “And then you hear them say, get the big one! And that’s three stab wounds to the snowman.”
The teens stabbed and slashed Santa, Mickey Mouse, a snowman, and a teddy bear. The teens caused the most extensive damage to the teddy bear, that the couple has had difficulty repairing. Several neighbors visited the couple to express sympathy and condolences.
“These kids really ruined the Christmas spirit,” a local woman told CTV. “We’re absolutely disgusted.”
The two men said the teens caused approximately $500 worth of damage. Vandals have attacked several Christmas displays in the area, but this incident marks the first time that police have video evidence of the attackers, according to Infu.
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