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Money stolen from Fantasy of Lights charity event

New Haven Police are investigating a real cranky man who barged into a trailer at a vacation show and robbed a New Haven nonprofit.

The incident happened at Lighthouse Point Park during the annual Fantasy of Lights, a mile-long drive-thru holiday exhibit synchronized with music.

At around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, security footage captured a person walking towards a trailer at the entrance where he apparently cut the camera wires.

“They forced the rear window of the trailer… and they got in there,” said Richard Borer, president of Goodwill of Southern New England. “The safe was bolted to the floor. They succeeded in undoing it – at the door and they left. “

The safe itself had been donated and contained $ 600 in cash and bank documents.

“I was really disappointed that someone did this. I admit these are tough times, but it’s been a really tough year for nonprofits across the country,” Borer said.

He says the Fantasy of Lights is the “biggest fundraiser in the Greater New Haven area,” raising $ 250,000 that helps people find work.

The goodwill of southern New England was particularly affected. Borer told News 12 thieves have stolen 40 catalytic converters from their operations this year alone.

Anyone with information about the Scrooge who stole the safe is asked to contact New Haven Police at (203) 946-6316.