Damaged reindeer

A vandal damaged three wooden reindeer at Robinson's Peplow Park. Police said a fourth reindeer was stolen from the park a couple of weeks ago.

City of Robinson photo

A Robinson vandal damaged several holiday displays overnight in a city park by beheading and cutting wooden figurines, prompting police to search for the suspected "Scrooge."

City officials found three wooden Christmas decorations, namely three reindeer, that appeared to be knocked over by the wind at Peplow Park on Wednesday, according to a city Facebook post. When employees went to put the displays back up, they found that the antlers and heads of the displays were cut off and damaged.

"We realize that these are just wood reindeer that come out once a year for a short amount of time, but individuals worked very hard on these," the city post states. "Not to mention the fact that this is criminal mischief."

Robinson Police Chief Phillip Prasifka said officers believe the vandalism happened late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. He said a fourth wooden reindeer was stolen from the park a couple of weeks ago.

"The city of Robinson, the chamber of commerce and the Robinson (Independent School District) all work together to make Peplow Park merry for the holidays," Prasifka said. "It is sad that someone would do this. However, this will not break the holiday spirit of our city."

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Robinson Police Department at 662-0525.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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