Shortly after the winner of the Schaumburg Park District's Holiday House Decorating Contest was chosen, the award-winning yard was vandalized.
Carolyn Gyurnek took first place for her Christmas decorations only to find that the display had been wrecked overnight.
"The sheriff was here, and he said he thinks it was a bunch of teenagers who don't know what to do with themselves," said Gyurnek.
Gyurnek's collection of decorations has grown throughout the years, featuring items such as a Santa house, gingerbread house, church and tiny post office built by her grandsons.
The display, which took three days to assemble, now shows the post office turned on its side with the window in its front doors broken out. In addition, various toy soldiers and other figurines were knocked down and tramped on and electrical cords were ripped out.