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Local Grinch strikes again

The Grinch strikes again, but this time to a pretty popular house known for their extravagant Christmas lights and decorations.

Scott and Suzette Kinney are known around Chubbuck as one of the places to go to check out Christmas lights.

“I started a long time ago, you start out little,” Suzette Kinney said. “And pretty soon you’ve got quite a few things that you’ve gathered through the years and can make a pretty large display of stuff.”

They have been putting up these lights for more than forty years. And last year they were chosen as the “Griswold” Christmas light winners.

“We’ve had some of the other awards before but the Griswold one was the one my husband was really shooting for and he finally got it so I was pretty excited for him,” said Kinney.

People from all over town, come to see the Kinney’s lights so you can imagine their surprise when they walked out the front door to see this.

“When I looked outside,” Kinney said. “The snowman were missing their heads, the white trees were on the ground, the mailbox right here was totally destroyed.”

Overnight someone vandalized their Christmas decorations. Something they had worked on and prepared for weeks. At first it was hard to take in.

“This is not the time of the season that you do that kind of stuff to people,” Kinney said. “So it was a hard pill to swallow.”

But the Grinch didn’t keep the Kinney’s down for too long.

“So we came out here and we used packing tape and duct tape, electrical tape, string, zip ties, new light bulbs to replace the broken ones and wiring to try and fix and we got it all up and running,” said Kinney.

Suzette and Scott had one thing that kept them going.

“I didn’t want the people that came that night to see the destruction that had been done,” said Kinney.

And those vandals won’t keep them down.

“Its fun to see everybody and the kids get all, they roll down their windows and they smiled and they laugh and they point at things and then you look out there and that why I’m doing this,” said Kinney.

The Kinney’s say that the police were able to find footprints in their yard which they may be able to connect to other Christmas light vandals around the area.

If you have any information on who may be responsible for this, you can contact Chubbuck police at (208) 237-7172.

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