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Sheriff: 'Christmas Scrooge' goes on damage spree of holiday decorations in Watertown

The scrooge left a path of damage in the city, targeting Christmas decorations.

A $500 reward is being offered for anyone who can help identify the person responsible for damaging Christmas decorations in four yards in Watertown. 

According to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, the vandal(s) did an estimated $1,400 in damage within a two-hour period on the night of Dec. 16. 

At 7:10 p.m., a family was alerted to an inflatable Santa Claus being slashed in their yard when a snowball hit a window on their home. At 7:43 p.m., another person reported that two of their illuminated deer decorations had been thrown into the street and ruined. 

Police believe the same vandal(s) then went into another yard and pushed over an illuminated fence, popped an inflatable dinosaur decoration and damaged a one-of-a-kind bell decoration. That damage carried an estimated value of $1,300. 

Last but not least, a fourth report was received by police at 9:15 p.m. about someone driving through a yard and damaging holiday lights.   

"The City of Watertown is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the Christmas Scrooge(s)," the Carver County Sheriff's Office said in a release. 

Information can be provided by calling 952-361-1231 or via Carver County's online tip portal

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