JUPITER, Fla. -- A family's 25-foot, inflatable Santa in Jupiter, Fla. is now a deflated mess after a group of kids decided to attack it.
A little girl and her family wants the vandals to know-- you were caught on camera and you need to pay for what you destroyed!
At Christmas, there's nothing bigger than Santa, literally.
"It was a 25-foot tall Santa. It was awesome. All the neighborhood kids would come and take pictures under it," said Don McConnell.
"All my friends were always like, 'Oh we love your Santa,'" said Eva Lopresto.
On Wednesday night, a neighbor's surveillance camera captured a couple of shadowy figures making their way across the street with Santa in their sights.
"You could literally see the two kids running over, jumping into him, him collapsing, and then running away," McConnell said.
The towering holiday icon now lays limp and lifeless on the front lawn, reports WPTV.
"My mom put him up, and then he's now down with the stake still in there, which is sad," Eva said.
With her family left wondering why anyone would tackle Santa just weeks before Christmas, Eva has a special message for the Grinches.
"You better pay for another one! Or else I'm going to be very mad at you," said Eva.
McConnell said it is not just about the money, it is also about the damper it puts on the Christmas joy for his family and his neighbors.
"Basically, it is a little unfair because for that 30 seconds of enjoyment that they got out of diving into it and watching it rip and fall, all the neighborhood kids got a lot more out of it," he said.
Martin County deputies have responded to four incidents so far this season of stolen or destroyed Christmas displays.
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