When Sea Girt police finally released a photo of the Christmas vandal last weekend, it wasn't the kind of "local" people expected.
It turns out a squirrel had been the one tearing up the town's Christmas display, which probably means he was chewing through the wires and not "slicing" them like people thought.
"The Sea Girt Police Department is proud to report that the case of our broken holiday lights has been solved," officers wrote on Facebook.
"We are happy that no human acted as a grinch in this incident. The squirrel was 'charged' with criminal mischief and released on bail."
Despite what they wrote, the squirrel wasn't actually captured, and authorities will be keeping an eye on the tree for the rest of the Christmas season, in case he returns.
Strangely, this isn't the first case of a squirrel stealing Christmas. Last year, a homeowner from Seattle caught a squirrel stealing her Christmas lights and burying them in her yard like nuts.
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