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.