MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - It is a place many call a hang out in Manchester, but police said it was also the scene of a crime.
The manager of Pizza Hut said families usually come during the fall season to take pictures in front of displays she creates and pays for herself. This year, someone took away those decorations that are usually given to families and children after the season is over.
The regulars said they come for more than just pizza.
“I bring my family here, it's a good family-oriented place here, bring them to eat, me and all the kids,” said regular customer Darrell Hanna.
Hanna said he, his wife and their three children come to “cut up, eat and catch up” several times throughout the week.
“I have watched a lot of children grow up here in this community,” said Pizza Hut Manager Rose Rogers.
“Over the years it's sort of seems like family, you know, I have gotten close to a lot of people.”
Rogers said she tries to create a special environment for the kids of Clay County.
“Family decorate at home and this shouldn't be no different,” said Rogers.
“This is a business, but there's a lot of family that comes and goes out the door.”
Members of the community said they appreciate what she does.
“I bring my kids here to get their pictures taken and they really enjoy all the displays she puts up,” said Hanna.
“It is money out of her own pocket that she does this for the community.”
“Saint Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, we even decorate for everything, Valentine's Day,” said Pizza Hut Team Member Krystal Grubbs, who helps put up the decorations.
Rogers said in the 26 years she has worked there, she has decorated for every season. She said she does it for more than just herself and the employees and herself.
“We do it for the community and the kids in the community,” Rogers said.
Last weekend, just hours after she put up hundreds of dollars worth of fall decorations, someone stole nearly all of them.
“It was nothing we ever done for us, we just done it for the community, they have just took something away from them I guess,” Rogers said.
“It's not fair for someone to be out stealing to take that away from them.”
She hopes whoever is responsible will be caught or decide to return the decorations. Meanwhile, they said they refuse to give in to criminals.
“We will keep putting stuff out and if they keep taking it, we will keep trying to put stuff up,” said Grubbs.
“We want to keep it a happy place.”
Anyone with information should call Manchester Police Department officials 606-598-8411 extension 4.