PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Pawtucket police are searching for the suspects who vandalized the Winter Wonderland at Slater Park.
The time-honored tradition attracts crowds every year – and also has a place for residents to dedicate Christmas trees to lost loved ones.
Slater Park officials said they hope police will arrest the person responsible for ruining the displays.
“It’s a shame,” said Bill Chiaverini, the park’s maintenance supervisor. “When they got off the beaten path, that’s when they chose to do a little bit more damage.”
According to Chiaverini, the vandals ripped off light bulbs and cut wires. He said he first noticed the changes Monday afternoon when some of the trees were unplugged.
But on Tuesday morning, at least a half dozen of the displays – possibly valued at up to $10,000 – were destroyed.
“People really take pride in the trees,” Chiaverini said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into the displays, into the whole scenario itself and it’s a shame to see people take away from that.”
Chiaverini said park officials contacted the people who own the affected displays.
“Bring it to their attention and see where we can go from there,” he said.
Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact Pawtucket police.