Other times, squirrels get so hungry that they munch on some actual Christmas lights causing the lights to switch off and plunge entire towns and cities into darkness.
Sea Girt officials were puzzled when wires to the town's Christmas tree and display were found torn last week.
Friday's ceremony occurred as planned but on Saturday morning, police said they had caught the perpetrator. The lights were set up for a holiday display in Sea Girt.
But Sea Girt Police told WNBC they now are going to keep a close eye on the display as long as the squirrel is still on the loose.
The post includes a picture of the squirrel in action, busily chewing away at the wires and another picture showing the damage the furry rodent left.
Sea Girt police issued a press release informing locals that the culprit had been caught, charged with criminal mischief, and eventually released on bail.
"Somebody is trying to steal the spirit of Christmas", Amy Dafeldecker told WABC-TV.
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