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. banasy

    Oh, RUFFNUTT, I can only imagine what you were going to say! 🙂

    Merry Christmas, RUFFNUTT!!!

    December 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |

      all i was going to say was the first line of the grinch song.

      try typing it in it will block you.

      December 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fed 123


    December 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BeckFastPaws

    Speaking of Christmas Criminals, let's not forget about the Democrats stealing your money, and Republicans stealing your rights!

    December 25, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      Yeah, as if Republicans never steal our money and Democrats never steal our rights. *rolls eyes*

      December 25, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      BeckFastPaws – you should steal a brain – it might help!

      December 25, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Dingus

      Trash is trash!

      December 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Based on this mini-thread am I hearing that Palin is Queen of the Trash?

      December 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • J100409

      You mean the Democricans stealing our money our rights and the Republicrats stealing our rights and our money, right?

      December 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      dude its the other way around...well actually it flip flops. They are both pretty much the same....its like an alcoholic weed smoker...one day he wants his joint, the next day he wants a bottle

      December 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DoctorV

    Stooges? think they meant Scrooges?

    December 25, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Wzrd1

    Father Christmas steals AK5 automatic assault rifle from royal guard. Wow!
    I know someone who is probably on permanent KP...

    December 25, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. tina

    what do u mean a santa? should be just santa not a.

    December 25, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    Someone drank the last beer. Call the police. The grinch stole Christmas.

    December 25, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Same happened here! There's no punishment severe enough to fit this crime! 😉

      December 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wildone

    "Ho Ho Ho, Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk, Woo Woo Woo!" (The 3 Scrooges)

    December 25, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    Sounds more like the three stooges.

    December 25, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Martin J. Stab, Author


    December 25, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Corvus1


      December 25, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      All together now: BAH HUMBUG! Say it again: BAH HUMBUG!!! Keep chanting the mantra troops! Louder! I can't hear you!

      December 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Claire - Phoenix, AZ

    It's so sad that people take advantage of the kindness and charity of the holidays. My son's musical theatre group performed at an outdoor event to raise money for the local animal shelter and other animal charities. The group consists of kids, ages 8 to 15, who perform at charity events. The group had borrowed six handbells which are part of a set valued at $10,000. The box with the handbells was taken by someone – on accident or on purpose. Even with almost all of the Phoenix news stations running reports about the missing handbells... 2 weeks later... and still no bells. The musical theatre group is small and non-profit... in fact, the director probably barely breaks even with her costs. And now... she has to somehow replace $10,000 handbells. So much for the Christmas spirit. 😦

    December 25, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      No good deed goes unpunished, Claire, you know that from bitter experience now.

      December 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eleanor

    The world is full of horror, and goodness. Try to remember the good when bad things happen.

    December 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • leadcollector

      Fear is the tool used to control the ignorant masses. Just say no to fear!

      December 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Juleslady

    It offends me to have a guy in a santa suit begging for money and the ones that ring their annoying bells need to go to. Ya I am a scroge, so what, the chase bank are stealing money off my unemployment check and I had to get back a credit card to be able to afford xmas dinner and gifts for my daughter – obviosly I should have spent the month before outside walmart with a cauldron and a bell...

    Sorry for the typing i have "probable" ms – maybe i should go ring a bell for some healthcare so I can find out for sure and get some bell ringing treatment?
    (I will have to tape the bell to my hand tho or i will be throwing it all over the place cos i cant grip it)

    December 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Juleslady I have the perfect solution. Get yourself a Santa outfit and bell on sale at Walmart and go get some of that Christmas cheer for yourself!

      December 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Are you looking for sympathy? Some of us have it worse than you and are not moaning to the world about it. I'll match my grief to yours anyday! Stop whining and complaining about people that are actually helping others. Might do you good to go out and get a reality check. To start – get off the computer and DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE.

      December 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • envelopepush

      you could always sell your computer and make some money. Its win/win. You get some extra cash and then the rest of us don't have to know you exist.

      December 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • wire

      really ya think u have it that bad??? really....don't think u really do there are others who have it worse then u at least u have a roof over your head and not worried about where your next meal is going to come from

      December 25, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joe

    Now I wish someone stole the last 6 beers! Uuuugghhh...... Christmas Morning Hangover

    December 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fallowt

    They even took the last can of Who-hash!

    December 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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