A Vallejo husband and wife turned local celebrities for their over the top Christmas lights display refuse to dwell in the misfortune of having their donation boxes burglarized.
On Monday morning, Bob and Lainda Taylor noticed coins scattered on their front porch in the 800 block of Glen Cove Road. Soon after, they realized a thief had broken into their two wall-mounted donation bins.
“You see how they just busted it open. They pretty much destroyed the whole box,” Bob Taylor said.
The couple has been building their extravagant front lawn display for the past 16 years. Many of their statues are custom-made and shipped from the Philippines. Others, like a 5-foot Ferris wheel and an even taller merry-go-round, are pieces of Vallejo history, originally built by the local fire department 60 years ago.
“It’s not the amount of money that was taken, but just the fact that somebody would do something like that. We felt violated,” Bob Taylor said.
The couple originally built the display in 1999, after their 39-year-old daughter was killed in a plane crash.
“I lost my oldest daughter in a plane crash. She was flying from San Francisco to Little Rock and 11 people died, and my daughter was one of them. She was 39 years old. So the first year, she wasn’t here with us, my kids came over and said, ‘Come on dad, lets decorate for Deb.’ I tell everyone I want this big enough and bright enough she can see it from heaven, and I know she is, looking down saying ‘Right on dad, good job,” Bob Taylor said.
The couple caught the alleged burglar on home surveillance.
If you recognize the man in the video, call Vallejo Police.