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Light display above Utah County vandalized — again

Posted at 9:15 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 23:15:11-04

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — For the second time in four months, a mountain light display shining over Utah County has been vandalized.

This weekend, a ghost shines above Pleasant Grove for Halloween; a quick alternative from the original plan after $500 in lights were stolen Wednesday night.

“We were planning to do a Yoda up there for Halloween and it was a multi day process,” said David Hartle.

For two days, David and his family spent hours aligning the lights on the steep slope. When he hiked back to finish Thursday, the critical green lights were gone.

“I was just heartbroken. I was so excited for the lights and this design. I put a ton of time into it. My kids were all excited about it. Seeing those gone, I knew we couldn’t do it,” said Hartle.

This is the second time this year a light display was vandalized. In July, a 500-foot strawberry celebrating the town’s Strawberry Days was messed with.

Now, David admits the future is up in the air after the ghost is taken down.

“It’s happened twice now and this is by far the most they’ve taken, it’s not sustainable to keep doing it if that happens every time,” Hartle said.

If you know what happened to the lights, call Pleasant Grove Police.