Grinch Steals Piece of Holiday Display from Fairfax Home

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

FAIRFAX, Iowa - Thousands of lights adorn Steve Thomash's home each year.

"We do it for the children, we do it for the nursing homes. They come by in buses, and it just makes their day," Thomash said.

The Thomash family started their lights display nine years ago when they lived in Swisher. Now, they live in Fairfax and have even encouraged a few neighbors to join in the fun. It takes about a month to build the holiday display. This year, everything seemed right on schedule until Tuesday afternoon when Thomash noticed a piece of his scene missing.

"The two polar bears where gone."

The polar bears were one of the more expensive pieces. The news of the theft had neighbors disappointed in the "Grinch-like" behavior.

"In the end, all it does is hurt people and takes the luster off the season," said John Wagner who recently joined Thomash in building a holiday lights display of his own.

Following the theft, both families are locking down their displays and adding a bit more security.

"We just want to make sure people think twice before you do something foolish," said Wagner.

And as for the scrooge who stole as families slept, the neighbors ask that you simply repay the debt.

"No questions asked," Thomash said. "If it was kids, everyone does ridiculous things sometimes so all is forgiven."

The lights displays at both homes are set to music and start at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. every night from now until New Years. All are welcome to stop by and see the displays in the 600 block of Hillview drive in Fairfax.
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