Presidio Heights holiday display vandalized

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A San Francisco couple caught strangers on tape ruining the seasonal spirit by ripping their urban pumpkin patch to shreds earlier this month.

The couple found bright-orange pieces of several pumpkins they purchased in Half Moon Bay earlier in the season scattered all over the street. The pumpkins were part of a tiny streetscape on the sidewalk in front of their Presidio Heights home, a display they have put together for the past eight years.

“They just littered the streets with our decorations. This is the first year I’ve ever had a problem,” said James Perkins, whose grandmother purchased the home near Spruce and Sacramento streets in 1944. “People have always come from all over the neighborhood to look at our decorations.”

Perkins said he and his wife recently installed security cameras to give her peace of mind, and they happened to catch the vandals on tape.

However, since the perpetrators did not do any permanent damage to the home or private property and there was no official report filed, it would be difficult to charge them with any serious offenses if they are found, according to the Police Department.

Perkins said the dispiriting incident will not prevent him and his wife from putting up their Christmas tree and other traditional holiday fixings.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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