BY JEFF CLARK
One Columbus neighborhood will be a lot less bright this Christmas season as the heist of some inflatable Christmas decorations has one man saying “Bah Humbug,” only in a more profane manner.
Greg Blaugh, whose 2575 Ridge Road home has been a Lowndes County Christmas attraction for years, said he will be turning off the more than 41,000 lights in his yard after almost $1,000 in inflatables were stolen.
“I had eight inflatables stolen from my yard sometime during the night on Sunday,” Blaugh said. “Why would someone do this? I only decorate my yard as a way to bring joy to others. I don’t have any children; I’m not doing this for myself. I walked outside and I was like ‘Are you serious?’ There are a lot of people that like what I do.”
Blaugh said he prepares for his annual holiday light show year round and he begins to set it up after Halloween. The entire process takes about six weeks before it is ready for viewing. This year’s show included lights synchronized to music, Christmas trees and the stolen inflatables, including Santa Claus and other seasonal favorites.
“I even had a reindeer in a tree stand and it was more than 12 feet tall,” Blaugh said.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, Blaugh said the theft has left him with more questions than answers.
“Why would someone do this,” Blaugh asked. “This is heart wrenching. It ain’t about the money; it’s not about that. It takes a real scumbag to come and do this and steal something that brings joy to people.”
Blaugh said the bandits even took the extension cords connected to the lawn ornaments and cut the ropes on the inflatables.
Although Blaugh still has additional lights and some decorations left, he said his yard, which is usually illuminated from 6-9 p.m., will be in blackout mode until his property is returned.
“I don’t know if I’m going to do this again,” he said. “This is so discouraging. For someone to come and steal something that brings so much joy to people, it’s just terrible.”
The theft is under investigation by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with any information regarding the theft is asked to call the LCSO at 328-6788.
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