A local family known for their Christmas display says a thief is forcing them to scale back this year.
John Romero and his wife have been decorating their South Valley home near Isleta and Gun Club with loads of Christmas lights and decorations for the last 12 years.
“People come constantly to look at this place,” said John Romero. “The joy for the kids getting to see it, that’s pretty much what it is.”
But over the weekend, as the family went to start the weeks long process of setting up their display, they found virtually all their Christmas decorations had been stolen from a shed on their property.
“They basically just cut the lock,” said Romero.
While whoever did it left most of the string lights and a nativity scene, Romero says all the decorations were stolen.
Those decorations included a lot of large blow-up figurines, including one of Christmas hat wearing animals playing instruments, a large Santa in a rocking chair outside of his home and a six to eight foot tall Ferris wheel.
Thieves also took a 15-foot tall hot-air balloon with Santa in it and a hand-made “Merry Christmas” sign that used to hang on the family’s driveway gate.
“It’s kind of sad because the kids that come every year to look at it are going to be disappointed this year,” said Romero.
Romero says his family will still hang up a lot of lights, but the decorations will be absent.
“We had people coming from around the city to come to look at them, but you know, what are we going to do?” said Romero.
Romero says he’s not sure exactly when the decorations were stolen, but just noticed they were missing over the weekend. All those decorations were in their original boxes.
If you think you’ve seen any of those decorations, there’s a Facebook post where neighbors are taking tips.