A burglary of approximately $25-35 thousand of equipment may jeopardize one of Logan’s most beloved attractions that draws thousands to Chief Logan State Park each holiday season — Christmas in the Park (CITP).
“They broke in and stole every bit of our wiring,” said Tim Tomblin, organizer and president.
Tomblin says the perpetrator maneuvered around the cameras without getting caught and stole two pick-up trucks worth of equipment: cabling, animation boxes, electrical boxes and everything else that was stored in the building.
Tomblin said the loss is great — financially and otherwise.
“The time it took for the wiring of the weatherproof boxes… it took years,” said Tomblin.
Tomblin says they’re not sure at the moment if CITP will be an option for this year. He says he will know more in coming weeks as the investigation progresses and he sees how much support they will receive from the community.
CITP has had one electrician working on the equipment over the past 20 years. That man is in his 70s now. Tomblin says recovery will take not only money, but volunteers who are electricians.
“It’s kind of devastating something like this would happen,” said Tomblin. “Stealing from the public. This would have been our 21st year.”
The incident is being investigated by the West Virginia State Police, but there are no leads at this point in the investigation.
A reward is being offered for credible information that can help lead to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons involved. Any information can be reported to Tim Tomblin at 304-687-4076 or the WVSP at 304-792-7200.