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Caught on camera: Money stolen from Fantasy of Lights charity event

A thief was caught on a security camera breaking into an office trailer at a New Haven charity event and stealing a safe on Sunday night.

News 12 Staff

Dec 28, 2021, 10:44 PM

Updated 935 days ago

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New Haven police are investigating a real life grinch who broke into a trailer at a holiday display and stole from a New Haven nonprofit.
The incident happened at Lighthouse Point Park during the annual Fantasy of Lights, a milelong drive-through holiday display synchronized to music.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, security footage caught a person walk over to a trailer at the entrance where he apparently cut the cameras' wires.
“They pried open the back window of the trailer…and they climbed in,” said Richard Borer, president of the Goodwill of Southern New England. “The safe was bolted to the floor. They managed to get that undone – out the door and off they went.”
The safe itself had been donated and held $600 cash and bank documents. 
"I was really disappointed that somebody would do that. I recognize that these are hard times, but this has been a really tough year for nonprofits across the country," said Borer.
He says the Fantasy of Lights is the “largest fundraiser in the Greater New Haven area” bringing in $250,000 that goes to helping people find work.
Goodwill of Southern New England has been hit especially hard. Borer told News 12 that thieves stole 40 catalytic converters from their operations just this year alone.
Anyone with information on the Scrooge who stole the safe is asked to contact New Haven Police at (203) 946-6316.


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