Giant Christmas Star Snatched From Atop Official Boise Tree

Jan 2, 2018

Credit Idaho Statesman

Police are investigating after a giant star at the top of Boise's official Christmas tree vanished on New Year's Day.

Downtown Boise Association Executive Director Lynn Hightower says they reported the theft to police Tuesday morning after a video surfaced.

KTVB-TV reports that Darrin Walton was staying in a nearby hotel and shot video at 3 a.m. on Monday after noticing movement. Lighted branches on the 30-foot (9-meter) tree sway as someone climbs to the top and the white light of the star goes dark.

Boise police say the $500 star is about 3 feet (1 meter) across.

Hightower says that on Nov. 24 about 5,000 people attended the lighting of the tree in a downtown pedestrian area called the Grove Plaza that's close to shops and restaurants.