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Fairfax Station Christmas display destroyed by vandals

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A Fairfax County family is outraged after they were targeted by vandals who destroyed their holiday display which took hours to construct and cost thousands of dollars.

Every year for nearly two decades, Mike and Michele Lester work to put up an elaborate Christmas display that has more than 200,000 lights and several hundred Santas.

"Over the years, it's really gotten the neighborhood into the Christmas spirit," said Alec Tederick, a Fairfax Station resident.

But early Sunday morning, the Lesters say someone vandalized their ornaments and lights.

"I don't have words. I don't know why anyone would do this to a Christmas display," Mike Lester said.

Their home was vandalized once before; the first year they put up the display.

Home surveillance video shows the vandals knocking over toy soldiers with a baseball bat. Then they hopped in a car and drove through the front yard, leaving $5,000 worth of damages.

"It's not about the money," Lester said. "The thing that's most distressing me is that they destroyed some pieces that you just can't replace, pieces that were special to me."

Police say they are looking for two boys, probably in their teens. They were driving a four-door sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-411-TIPS.

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