Massive display of Christmas lights in North Sewickley township vandalized for second time in 5 days


NORTH SEWICKLEY, Pa. — A massive Christmas display at a home in North Sewickley Township was targeted and damaged again Tuesday night.

There are over 400 light decorations in front of Emmett Santillo’s house on Mercer Road. On Friday night, Santillo and North Sewickley Township police said a few wires had been cut.

“Why?” Santillo said. “Why would anyone do that?” »

Santillo said when he was checking his lights on Wednesday morning, he noticed more wires had been cut.

“Obviously the Grinch came back and visited again,” he said. “It’s kind of sad that these types of people behave this way. It’s really petty.”

Santillo started decorating his garden in 1994. Since then it has grown bigger and brighter. It now has around 200,000 lights.

Not only does he do this to bring some joy to the area, but he also collects donations to benefit the Beaver County Women’s Center.

“They need support, they need help at this time of year,” Santillo explained. “It’s kind of frustrating that I’m being mistreated, and that’s really what it equates to, trying to help an organization close to my heart.”

North Sewickley Township Police were aware of the first incident and were investigating.

North Sewickley Township Police Chief Jeff Becze and Santillo said because the lights were tampered with more than once, it’s likely it wasn’t a random act.

In a statement to KDKA, Becze said: “The police department is working diligently to find out who is doing this. After it was done a second time, I feel like it is something personal to him that makes it personal for us.”

“I understand they’re doing this to me personally, but you’re actually hurting the community,” Santillo said.

Each time the wires were cut, police said the scissor-wielding Grinch escaped cameras and the watchful eyes of neighbors. Although he won’t go into details, Santillo said he will make sure that is no longer possible.

“It’s going to be handled,” he said.

If caught, North Sewickley Township Police said they plan to fully prosecute. If you have any information, please contact police at 724-843-8118.


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