Police said that they have identified six juveniles allegedly responsible for vandalizing a holiday display.
According to police, the vandals caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to holiday decorations at the Chillicothe home of Mike and Sandy Hall.
The couple said that they were ready to pull their plug on their holiday tradition, which had become a favorite of friends and family.
A child – now a teen -- from a Christmas past convinced them, though, that the lights must go on.
Colt Causey sent the couple a letter pleading that they keep their display. For years, he and his family made it a part of their holiday tradition to drive past the ornate home and admire the light display.
“I have heard how devastated everyone is in my classes are that you wouldn’t be putting up your Christmas decorations,” read a letter from Colt Causey. “I plea that you put your lights up every year, and not let some Grinch steal your Christmas.”
Years earlier, Causey had sent a letter to the Hall’s, thanking them for their lights.
“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hall. I am Colt and I am 7 ½,” Causey had written.
Sandy Hall said that she had kept Causey’s letter and picture so they would remember the little boy who was so touched by their tradition.
The Hall’s said that Causey’s most recent letter turned their minds – and their hearts – around after their property was targeted by vandals, who Ross County Sheriff’s officials said caused more than $2,000 in damage.
“I was devastated that somebody would do such a thing,” Causey said.
Sandy Hall said that Causey’s letter gave she and her husband the motivation they needed to keep up the tradition.
“That’s pretty cool, and it gave us both inspiration,” Causey said.
Sandy Hall said that Causey turned around what could have been a bad Christmas.
“You have made our Christmas,” Hall said. “You truly have. You are a wonderful young man.”
Officials at the Ross County Sheriff’s Office said that though they have identified suspects, no charges have been filed yet.
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