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RCMP arrest Grinch they say was out to steal Christmas (3 photos)

Operation #HolidayThiefNS is a tongue-in-cheek campaign to raise awareness about keeping your Christmas stuff, like bingle balls and whofoo fluff, safe this time of year

Nova Scotia RCMP say they've arrested their "grouchy, green thief" in a tongue-in-cheek Operation #HolidayThiefNS.

It's meant to raise awareness about keeping your Christmas stuff, like bingle balls and whofoo fluff, safe this time of year.

On Monday, police sent out a news release warning of a suspect with an abundance of green facial and body hair seen rifling through cars and homes. He was reported to have taken cash, wrapped gifts and a supply of candy canes.

"The feedback was exceptional and tips from the public led to us to identifying the thief as someone well-known to residents of Whoville and Nova Scotia, the Grinch," said Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.

Police say they caught the Grinch of Whoville red-handed -- literally because the dye from stolen candy canes had rubbed off onto them -- as he was checking for unlocked car doors in the parking lot of a Cole Harbour shopping centre.

In addition to theft and break and enter, the Grinch has been charged with being in possession of a heart two sizes too small.

Cpl. Hutchinson said the humorous campaign is a way to raise awareness about a serious issue.

"This Grinch has been arrested and charged. However, there are other Grinches out there in possession of hearts two sizes too small, waiting for the opportunity to steal," he warned. "Residents can help the RCMP stop these characters by locking vehicles and homes, removing valuables from plain view and reporting suspicious activity to police."

"For the Grinch, Christmas didn't come from a store. It came from unlocked cars and homes where he found valuables galore! So lock up your homes and cars with care. Hide those treasured items so you can choose with whom you share," said the RCMP news release.




Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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