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Stolen light display returned to lights on the bay

Posted at 5:50 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 18:01:17-05

SANDY POINT, Md. — The lights on the bay have been lighting up the faces of young kids for 25 years now.

That warm glow was a little dimmer earlier this week when some grinch stole one of the blue heron displays.

One of the blue heron displays were stolen in the last couple of days. The blue herons were on display for the first night of Lights on the Bay, 25 years ago and have been a favorite ever since.

But its Christmas time after all and this story like most Christmas tales has a happy ending. The Blue Heron that flew the coop, with a little help from somebody, was found on display, all lit up, right in front of the Cloverfield community entrance on Kent Island.

John Balano, who fills in for Santa here until the big man can make it down for Christmas, helped put the lost bird back up to join the other almost 70 displays here.

Who ever did this may think its a prank but, the blue herons cost between 2 and 3 thousand dollars and the police take that as serious as Mrs. Claus does baking cookies.

It wasn't a very Christmas like act to steal one of the herons, but as we see often this time of year a little Christmas magic happened and now they are back together.