When Grinches Attack: A roundup of Christmas crime
December 24th, 2010
10:24 PM ET

When Grinches Attack: A roundup of Christmas crime


For most, Christmas is a time of good cheer and merrymaking.
But there are always a few – Grinches, Scrooges, Old St. Sicks – who spoil the fun.

Police in Forest Grove, Oregon, are still searching for the thieves that made off with about $100 from a Santa who raises funds for leukemia research during the holidays, according to CNN affiliate KOIN.

Mickey Johnson said he thought nothing of it Wednesday when three teenagers approached his holiday display in the yard.

“This one boy in the group came up like he was going to put money in the sock, picked the sock up and went running down the road,” he said.

Johnson said his holiday spirit is rooted in a good cause.

“It was about 10 years ago that my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and I thought, 'Well, this’ll be a good opportunity to put a sock out and make donations to the Leukemia society.' ”

The community has more than replaced what was stolen, according to CNN affiliate KATU in Portland.

A West Hartford, Connecticut, woman is spending Christmas behind bars after allegedly throwing a Christmas tree at her parents during an argument, according to CNN affiliate WFSB in Connecticut.

Francheska Terreo’s parents were not injured in the fight, but police said the 19-year-old, who had been drinking, also allegedly threw a phone at her mother, police told WFSB.

In Flint, Michigan, a burglar took Christmas presents from a family on Wednesday, according to MLive.

Among the items the family reported missing were a DVD player, a bicycle, one pair each of Spider-Man skates and Tinkerbell skates.

In Stockholm, Sweden, two men dressed as Santa Claus managed to ambush a guard of the Swedish Royal Palace and steal his gun, according to the Herald Sun website.

The guards were carrying loaded AK-5 automatic rifles, the Sun quotes a Swedish police officer as saying. "The two men, dressed in Father Christmas clothes and masks, entered a restricted area by a guard post, hit him and then ran off," Officer Anders Krook said, according to the Sun.

Residents in Newport Beach, California, hope the Grinch that has been stealing packages from the doorsteps of area homes has been pinched after surveillance images led to the arrest of a woman, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.

Police say Melanie Kathleen Astin of Newport Beach is suspected in a package-stealing spree that ran for several weeks and victimized 10 to 20 homes, according to KTLA.

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  1. Dan

    Merry Christmas WalMart, Best Buy, Target, Macy's, etc......

    December 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tracy

    The Grinch stole my mother and father's gifts from the post office this year.

    December 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mr. Salam

    _ a primitive and delusional culture such as this cannot be pushed or pulled into civilization.. But simply observed as a struggle.. We will remember you when we have some spare moments. merry salam.

    December 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CantSilenceMe

    Now I have one more reason to why I keep asking for a shotgun for Christmas.

    December 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ladylizin dc

    drive..thrive..strive and survive eveything will be alright my beloved merry christmas

    December 25, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ladylizin dc

    Please check every receipt when get home. iam so tired of being ripped of by gangster cashiers in Dc. this thing is out of contol.

    December 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank

    These types of people, could care less about your sick son or daughter getting the benifits of leukemia research. I am surprised someone would so affectionatly refer to them as "grinches". No t here folks. These are your neighborhood "crackheads and coke fiends", working ever so hard to support their drug habit, with your hard earned money. The same old story, over and over again. :^)

    December 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saveit

    santa is just satan turned around. all i want for christmas is a home i have been in a shelter for sixteen months and am about to go crazy. someone got a job are need a maid? an apartment are can refer me to a job anywhere in the u.s.a. i am willing to move just about anywhere to find work. i need referrals help! my email address is ivana2874@yahoo.com

    December 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch

    December 26, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    Uh...what choo talkin bout, RUFFNUTT?

    December 26, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
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