Video courtesy of Brent Martin, St. George News
WASHINGTON CITY — After half the blow-up Christmas decorations in the front yard of his Washington City home wouldn’t inflate Sunday morning, Brent Martin noticed obvious slits in one of the snowmen and immediately went to his surveillance cameras. At approximately 12:30 a.m., Sunday, his cameras caught a person pull up in a white passenger car, hop out and slash his decorations.
Besides six of Martin’s blow-up ornaments — five snowmen and a 12-foot Santa Claus — he found out that two of his neighbors also had decorations that had been destroyed the same night. One of his neighbors had more inflatable ornaments slashed, and another had a reindeer’s head broken off and some large snowflakes shattered.
Because of the poor quality of the surveillance video, Martin has been unable to report a detailed description of the suspect. However, Martin has notified the Washington City Police, and requested that if anyone recognizes either the people or the car in the video, please contact the police directly.
The police have opened up a file regarding this incident and sent out additional officers on patrol Sunday and Monday in that area, Martin said.
All of the property damage occurred near the intersection of Washington Dam Road and Washington Fields Road in an area of Washington City known as Washington Fields.
Despite the damage, he didn’t want this incident to bring everyone’s Christmas spirit down, Martin said. He repaired the inflatable decorations and had them back up the next day.
“I don’t want to be a downer … I just wanted to fix them to say Merry Christmas,” Martin said.
The Washington City Police non-emergency number is 435-634-5730.
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