Hialeah, Florida. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a boy destroying holiday decorations outside a Hialeah salon the night before Christmas.
Speaking to 7News on Wednesday, Rossie Nail Tech School salon director Irma Arteaga said the only thing more disturbing than the vandalism was the age of the perpetrator.
“You might expect that from an adult, but you wouldn’t expect that from a child,” she said.
The young vandal was seen kicking and hitting the decorations.
“It broke my heart so much that night,” Arteaga said. “It’s the hardest thing for me to see, not so much a physical thing as seeing a child on Christmas Eve.”
The anger and violence continued for nearly half an hour.
“There was a Mickey Mouse [decoration]I was shocked,” Arteaga said.
Outside the store on 49th Street, the boy and two adults were seen waiting for the bus.
“It was so weird to me because usually kids love Christmas,” Arteaga said.
A catch game then took an unsettling turn. The kid decided to spend that time in the Christmas cheer.
“You know, we always tend to decorate a lot,” Arteaga said. “We went a little overboard this year and put more stuff out there. We think we all like Mickey Mouse.”
Arteaga said she spent more than $1,000 trying to spread a little Christmas cheer this season, only to have it all die down within minutes.
“It’s heartbreaking. I put them in a bin bag yesterday. My husband and I had to pick them up and once we saw everything was wire-lined and dirty and bent, you sort of wished you could put them away Put it back,” Arteaga said. “Next year, we’re going to have to do a new decor.”
Police cleared the scene after they were called, but Arteaga said she was worried about the boy, who clearly needed help, while his guardians didn’t seem concerned.
“Today it’s a few numbers, tomorrow it’s a car, a house or a person,” she said.
Arteaga said she hoped viewers would share information about the trio. She also said she hopes to put out as many decorations as possible next year.
If you have any information regarding this vandalism or the whereabouts of the trio, please contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for rewards of up to $5,000.
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