DECATUR — A Decatur man fed up with the way a bright streetlight washed out the colors of his outdoor Christmas lights decided to fix it himself — by shooting out the bulb with a BB gun, police said.

Decatur police Sgt. Josh Sheets said the 25-year-old man began shooting with a BB gun about 10:45 p.m. Friday outside his home in the 1700 block of North 34th Street.

“He said he shot the light approximately 10 times before it broke,” Sheets said. “And then he went out to eat at Taco Bell.”

But an anonymous witness saw the light’s demise, and police patrol officers were waiting for the man when he returned home. Sheets said the officers saw the remains of the bulb lying in some grass and saw the fixture had been riddled with four or five holes.

Sheets said the man did not hide what he had done and was happy to explain why. “He said he had been becoming increasingly frustrated with the bright streetlight in front of his house, which makes his exterior Halloween and Christmas lights hard to see,” Sheets said. “He said he had contacted city staff and asked them to turn the light off, and they refused. He then stated he ‘had a few beers tonight and decided to take care of it himself.’”

Police seized the BB gun as evidence, and the man was given a notice to appear to face a preliminary charge of criminal damage to property. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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