San Luis Obispo vandals storm Christmas
December 27, 2012
On the morning of Christmas Eve, vandals broke into Santa’s House in the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza and disfigured the interior. [KSBY]
The small red and white house had a broken door, a Christmas tree on the floor and several broken ornaments when San Luis Obispo Downtown Association Programs Coordinator Sarah Ragan discovered it.
“I spent six months working really hard to make this house great for the kids and the community, and the downtown businesses,” Ragan told KSBY. “To come and have someone harm it, or destroy it, is very personal to me.”
The Downtown Association holds events around the house for the month leading up to Christmas and operates a photo booth with Santa inside. Christmas Eve day was the final opportunity for visitors to enter the house, and they did so after an extensive cleanup.
Repairs to Santa’s House are expected to cost the Downtown Association around $1,000. The organization plans to equip Santa with surveillance cameras in next year’s edition of the house.