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The Grinch who stole Christmas lights

Lights and decorations have been stolen (Source: WALB) Lights and decorations have been stolen (Source: WALB)
Thousands of dollars worth of decorations have been taken (Source: WALB) Thousands of dollars worth of decorations have been taken (Source: WALB)
Police are now patrolling the area more regularly (Source: WALB) Police are now patrolling the area more regularly (Source: WALB)
"The joy that these lights brings to residents needs to continue in the future," said Marzen (Source: WALB) "The joy that these lights brings to residents needs to continue in the future," said Marzen (Source: WALB)

The city always decorates Fulwood Park for Christmas.

It is a welcomed tradition. 

But this year, thousands of dollars worth of decorations and strands of lights have been stolen. 

"The joy that it brings to children and the people of Tifton is something that needs to continue in the future,"  said Andy Mar zen, Tifton Public Works. 

When the lights and decorations go up in the park, it's a sure sign that Christmas is coming.

"Just to give you an idea, we spent about 6 weeks with a 6 man crew putting up the lights. We started in the middle of October and finished by Thanksgiving," said Marzen. 

It's a tradition that Tifton residents welcome every year. 

"A lot of families go into the park, they use the backdrop of the lights for their family Christmas cards."

That's why Marzen was disappointed when he realized thousands of dollars worth of decorations and lights were stolen

"One of the big attractions over there is the gingerbread house. We had a path lit with LED lights and toy soldiers on each side. All of these toy soldiers were stolen," said Marzen. 

Pieces of other displays have been stolen and wires and strands of lights have been cut. 

Tifton Police have started patrolling the area more and security cameras have been turned to face the decorations. 

"They're stealing something that's a tradition here in Tifton. It would be a real shame if the Christmas lights in Tifton went away because the city couldn't afford them any longer," said Marzen. 

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