Burglars Steal Safe From Overly’s Country Christmas

By David Highfield

MT. PLEASANT (KDKA) — Burglars struck Overly’s Country Christmas lights display in Mt. Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County.

As much as $4,000 was reportedly stolen when thieves broke into the office and took off with the entire safe. Executive Director Stephanie Tomasic believes the burglars then used a golf cart to drive the safe off the grounds. That cart was found abandoned.

“It really hurts me that someone could steal from us,” said Tomasic.

Volunteer Dick Mizikar said, “It’s heart-wrenching that people do that to a place like this because really it is a non-profit organization.”

Money raised there not only pays for running the display, but it allows the group to do work with a juvenile probation program and help at-risk families and kids visit the display.

Tomasic says there is surveillance video that shows the burglary which has been turned over to Pennsylvania State Police.

“Everyone who’s out here running Christmas village is a volunteer, so it angers us and it’s very painful, because that’s a lot of work on our part,” said Tomasic.

  • will g

    sounds like a inside job. what kind of safe was this anyway? a old cigar box

  • Where's your spirit?

    @will g. What in the world is wrong with you? A crime is committed against a non-profit organization – a place where thousands flock each year to enjoy the light display, and all you can do is lay the fault at the feet of the victims? Some people never cease to amaze me. I myself am saddened to hear that someone has done this. I enjoy the giving spirit of Overley’s every year.

    • Where's your brain?

      Right, because every employee is honest that work at Overly’s / non-profits, huh? Some people’s naivety never cease to amaze me.

  • susie

    i agree with the inside job part. they are always very cryptic when they explain where the profits from the display go to. when harry overly ran it, he was up front about which organizations received donations. the fair board is much less open. the westmoreland county fair itself is a FOR PROFIT venture. this money goes to the share holders of the fair and not to the county itself. i stay away from all of it.

  • One small voice

    Non Profit, cash business, excuse me. You must be a idiot if you think the till isn’t being skimmed for Administrative overhead. This is a cash cow for someone.

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