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.