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Donations stolen from Warwick light display

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By Abbey Niezgoda

aniezgoda@abc6.com

It is a holiday spectacle that has quickly become a tradition on Gristmill Road in Warwick. Frank Picozzi's home aglow with 103,000 lights dancing to the beat of the music.

However, that rhythm was interrupted Monday night, when someone stole money from the donation box meant for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. A good night brings in about $300.

"Where was only two dollars in there and that's never happened before," Picozzi said. "It's just disheartening because it's going to really sick kids."

Many have donated every season since the display went up. Over the last four years, they have raised over $10,000.

"I just can't be so cold hearted to touch a penny of it," Kathleen Kelley said. "I mean it's Christmas! Come on!"

Picozzi knows there could be another Grinch out there so he is not taking any chances.

"I put in a video security system and I got a big huge mailbox today that locks and I bolted it to the sign."

It is heightened security that he hopes, in light of the thief, will bring out the spirit of giving in others.

"You can't let it get you down," he said. "Hopefully people will keep donating and giving to the cause and people will enjoy their Christmas coming here."

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