VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Thieves have once again put a damper on the Christmas spirit by reportedly stealing from the Bright Nights display in Stanley Park. The annual event benefits the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
Theft at the Bright Nights display in Stanley Park. Organizers estimate about $10,000 or more worth of cables (some with copper) taken.
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Organizers were in the process of tearing down the display now that the holidays are over and discovered about $10,000 worth of cables, some with copper, were stolen last night. They say Vancouver Police have been notified.
Severed extension cords and cables can be seen littering the grounds at the site and piles of garbage dumped from the cans the thieves used to take the cables with them. “It’s insane. It’s disheartening. We’re a charity and we try to do good with our money and help the burn community,” says the fund’s Ray Boucher, who suspects the same group of criminals is responsible for the robberies.
The thieves left severed cords and garbage everywhere, Ray Boucher with the Burn Fund calls it “insane” and “disheartening” pic.twitter.com/q7S3kgAsPL
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Overnight security was added to the display after thefts last season, but the guards were dismissed just a couple of days ago.
This isn’t the first time the display has been targeted by criminals. Two years ago nearly two dozen of the long, heavy cables, wires and cords were stolen resulting in about $6,000 to $7,000 worth of damage.
Bright Nights is an incredibly popular draw every year. The event is run by volunteers and it raises money for burn units at local hospitals.