Thieves cause thousands of dollars in damage to Blue Jacket Fantasy of Lights displays

The Blue Jacket Fantasy of Lights has added a half-mile to the route through Franke Park and 10 displays and this year includes free hot chocolate and popcorn. (Photo Lisa M. Esquivel Long of

Blue Jacket found signs ripped up and adapters stolen Sunday at its Fantasy of Lights displays in Franke Park.

Blue Jacket apologized on Facebook for some displays not working at the after-dark event, which runs through Dec. 31, but attendees later in the evening posted that everything seemed in order.

The thieves “kicked in a dozen metal sponsor signs, smashed 20-ish floodlights, stole all the (floodlight) casing, and disconnected some displays, stealing our three-way adapters,” said Blue Jacket Executive Director Tony Hudson. He estimated it will cost “up in the thousands when all is fixed. We were just embarrased that the arches and (a) few displays were not working and no one could read signs but we got them working as quickly as we could.”

The drive-through religious and secular Christmas light displays serve as an annual fundraiser for Blue Jacket, which provides job training and placement for disadvantaged people, including former inmates and people with disabilities.

Cost is $10 per vehicle. The event is 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Free hot chocoate and popcorn are in the pavilion with Fantasy of Lights merchandise for sale.

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