POLICE are searching for a Christmas spirit thief.
Thieves have stooped to a new low, targeting the community Christmas tree placed in Junction Court.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who saw the Christmas tree being damaged over the last few weeks.
Between 5pm on Friday, November 22 and 6pm on Saturday, November 23, a person stole numerous Christmas ornaments and damaged a fence around the large tree.
And then on the following Thursday and Friday (November 28-29), a person damaged the Christmas lights.
Officers from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are investigating the stealing and damage to the tree.
Inspector Steven Johnson from Shoalhaven Local Area Command said he couldn’t believe people would stoop so low.
“The damage caused to the Christmas tree in Junction Court is a deplorable act of vandalism,” Inspector Johnson said.
“To steal ornaments and purposely damage a Christmas tree that is there for the whole community is not only criminal behaviour, it is not in the spirit of Christmas.
“During the festive season we want people to celebrate with family and friends, but police will not tolerate any alcohol related crime and violence.
“If you play up in public, rest assured police will take action.
“Someone in the community must know who stole the ornaments and damaged the Christmas tree, so if you have any information please contact police so we can stop this Christmas spirit thief.”
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Nowra Police on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.