Mt Eden’s angel is missing
A LITTLE piece of Christmas has been stolen from Mt Eden.
Six lit-up angel sculptures put up on the footpaths of Mt Eden Village last Friday night are down to just five after one was taken in the middle of Sunday night.
Local resident Bruce Grant designed and put together the angels and says the theft is extremely disappointing.
“Why would you steal Christmas? It’s bizarre.”
Mr Grant put the angels up despite warnings from friends they would go missing, choosing to be optimistic instead.
“Everybody said: ‘You’re nuts, people will steal them’.
“Then the first one’s gone in two days.”
He says he can’t understand what the thief intends to do with the angel – a twometre-high steel pole with hoops and wings and a chain of Christmas lights attached to it.
“It’s not as if you can put them in your front yard,” he says.
“I would understand if it had a really high tangible value that you could sell but these don’t.”
Mr Grant got the idea for the angels after a trip to Italy where he saw similar lit sculptures on the streets of a small village.
“I like the idea of walking with the angels in the village.”
Friends at a local engineering business did the steelwork for him at no cost and he decorated each angel with long cords of lights that Mt Eden shop owners connect to their power supply.
Mr Grant says the public’s reaction to the angels has been extremely positive.
“People have been really lovely with them,” he says.
Although he reported the theft to police on Monday morning, they say there is little they can do to recover the missing angel.
Mr Grant says he won’t let it dampen the Christmas spirit though, and encourages people to visit the remaining angels in the village.
“The spectacle is still pretty special,” he says.
Then there were five: Two of the remaining angels light up Mt Eden at night.
Missing angel: Bruce Grant is disappointed one of Mt Eden’s Christmas angels has been stolen.