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Thieves target Bluefield's Christmas light display twice

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BLUEFIELD -

A family Christmas attraction in Mercer County is trying to recover tonight after thieves vandalized their light display not once but twice this week.

Bluefield's iconic 600,000 bulb Christmas light display is now the target of thieves looking for quick cash.

The vandals stole copper wiring and extension cords from the Holiday of Lights display in Bluefield's City Park first Sunday night then again Tuesday night.  But they didn't stop there... several panel boxes throughout the park were also destroyed in the process.

"That was really disappointing a second time in the matter of two days that someone came and this time they took even more copper cables and extension cords," said Parks and Recreation Director Dwight Godwin.

He said right now about 10 percent of the display is still dark but no matter what - the show will go on.

"We were not able to get everything back on like we wanted and it's very disappointing a lot of people that travel down here one, two, or three hours to see the lights that everyone has been raving about for years and it's really disappointing to them," said Godwin.

Godwin said the total cost of the damage is more than $2,000.  And they've already spent two whole days fixing what was broken.

The maintenance crew just finished rerouting the lighting for this bridge but unfortunately this area will still be dark until they can fix the remaining panel box.

Godwin said the thefts are affecting everyone in the community because they operate on donations.

"We want to give you a good show, obviously we rely on our donations to keep the show going to buy new displays and to make things different each year," said Godwin.

Godwin said they hope to have all repairs complete by next week.