Beaver County Christmas display is vandalized again, causing hundreds of dollars in damage

A popular Beaver County holiday display has been vandalized for the second time this week.

“Be a man. This is childish,” Emmett Santillo said.

Santillo has been putting up the massive light display since 1994 and has over 200,000 lights and 400 decorations. He says that on Wednesday, in the dead of night, someone entered his patio and cut the cables of several screens.

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“People are now starting to get angry, and not with me, but with this individual for what he is doing,” Santillo said.

Santillo, who is also the North Sewickley Township Supervisor, says damage caused earlier in the week is estimated at more than $1,000. He believes the damage done Wednesday to be in the low hundreds of dollars.

“I am delighted to know that this person will eventually be caught and prosecuted and whatever legal means that needs to be addressed, I will make sure that is the case,” Santillo said.

The light display benefits the Beaver County Women’s Center which officially opens to the public on Friday and typically draws nearly 50 cars daily.

Annually, Santillo raises nearly $3,500 for the center. This year, because vandalism made headlines, he has already raised $8,500.

Santillo, affectionately called Clark Griswold, tells Channel 11 that he has a message for someone he calls the Grinch.

“I hope you are having a good Thanksgiving. I want something better for you than what you have done to me.”

The light display will officially go on at 6 pm on Friday and will run through January 7. Due to recent property damage, Santillo says the public will not be allowed on his patio, but can view the exhibit from the street.

According to the North Sewickley Police Department, they are taking steps to track down, identify and prosecute those responsible for causing the damage. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the North Sewickley Police Department at (724) 843-8118.

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