Grinch cuts lights to Christmas tree in Orlando

Damage to lights on Lake Eola tree estimated at $500, police say

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Christmas tree at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The holiday spirit has been dimmed a bit in The City Beautiful.

According to police, several wires connecting lights to the Christmas tree at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando were cut early Saturday morning.  Numerous ornaments were also broken on the tree, police said.

Damage was estimated to be about $500.

Orlando police said no description of the culprit was known.

Local 6 helped Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer light the tree on Friday, Nov. 30.  The event featured the Trinity Downtown Evangelical Lutheran Church and School's annual Christmas show "The Gift," with a choir of nearly 100 voices.

Festivities also included the lighting of a menorah, a sampling of holiday treats and an outdoor viewing of "Elf," starring Will Ferrell.

Police said it's not known when the lights will be replaced.

Meanwhile, deputies in Flagler County said three "Grinching" teens stole several Christmas ornaments from homes in Palm Coast.

Also, Polk County officials said a baby Jesus and wooden donkey stolen from the city of Frostproof's nativity scene remain missing.

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