Family's holiday display destroyed, neighbors rally to help

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PHOENIX -- The holidays may have come and gone, but one Valley man is still feeling the sting after a Grinch tried to steal his Christmas. But his neighbors showed true holiday spirit, as they all pitched in to help clean up his ruined holiday display.

"My neighbors came and brought brooms and started cleaning up and it took us, eight or nine folks, all day to put it back together," says Ahwatukee resident Kim Taylor.

He's talking about the damage done to his family's elaborate Christmas display. Early in the morning, four days before Christmas, someone drove a car through part of the huge holiday display in Kim's front yard.

"When the gentleman drove through the yard with his car, all of our stuff is really staked down well, so these stakes caused quite a bit of damage to his car, and left a lot of body parts," says Taylor.

"I think it's sad. It's really sad. I can't imagine why someone would do something like that," says neighbor Brenda Roberson.

"We get thousands of visitors, so this is a big deal to us," says Taylor.

While neighbors and total strangers rushed in to help fix the damage, Taylor's children did some detective work, piecing together the broken car parts left behind and posting info on the internet.

Those postings led to a tip, and that tip led police to a young man who lives not far away.

"The next day we went to the house and it was obvious the passenger side bumper was all missing, the mirror was all missing. It was the car," says Taylor.

When confronted, 20-year-old Corey Uriell reportedly confessed, and was arrested and charged with criminal damage.

Uriell tells 3TV he is sincerely sorry, and says he has already paid Taylor for the damage.

"My heart goes out to the family," says Taylor. "I can imagine what they are going through. But hopefully this stops here and that he can go and right the ship."