Trailers set up for Channel 3's Holiday Light Fantasia at Goodwin Park in Hartford were robbed overnight, and police are now searching for the person or people responsible.
The Holiday Light Fantasia trailers were broken into sometime overnight, and whoever was responsible made off with items such as chainsaws, a welder and copper wire that was to be used to wire the lights for the yearly holiday event.
Other equipment was also stolen from inside the trailers.
Police investigating the robbery said, in total, the amount of equipment stolen from inside the trailers is estimated to be anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. A more firm number would be made available after police concluded their investigation.
"Whoever did this, I hope you're happy, and I hope you get more benefit to this than it would benefit the kids," said Norm LeBlanc of Holiday Light Fantasia.
The overnight break-in and theft of equipment has delayed the opening of the holiday event by one week. Event officials said the park will now open to the public on Saturday Nov. 24.
The theft comes after event coordinators were trying to recover from what Hurricane Sandy did to the displays and on Wednesday, contractors were expected to be putting the final touches on display.
Holiday Light Fantasia benefits the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover. The camp has been helping children for more than 100 years build lifelong friendships at an accessible and inclusive camping experience.
Children from every county in Connecticut and across New England attend the camp.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or by calling the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
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