Sheriff: 'Mr. Grinch' arrested, Christmas is safe

Sheriff: 'Mr. Grinch' arrested, Christmas is safe

WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Children can sleep easier this holiday season, thanks to a tip the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office received about a foul thief with a heart two sizes too small.

The infamous Mr. Grinch, 56, of Mount Crumpit near Whoville, had been hiding in the parish, according to Sheriff Randy Seal. Investigators allege he was waiting to steal Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations and presents for children.

"We received a tip from Cindy Lou of Whoville who told us Grinch was heading to our parish. We set up surveillance and were able to spot his dog, Max, who was traveling on the shoulder of Highway 10 between Bogalusa and Franklinton," Seal said. "We secretly placed a microphone on his collar and let him go."

Seal said Grinch was hiding in the woods near Highway 62.

"Thankfully, he went to Grinch who was hiding in the woods near Highway 62. Grinch tells his dog everything, so we were able to listen in on his plans to ruin Christmas," Seal said.

When confronted by officers, the Grinch tried to escape. He was arrested after a brief foot chase.

Investigators told Grinch about the sting. Seal said the Grinch was in disbelief.

"How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags," Grinch exclaimed.

"Washington Parish can now relax and have a very Merry Christmas," said Seal. "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel."

(The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office sent a release about this "arrest" as a lighthearted twist on the famous Dr. Seuss story.)

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