Vancouver Police catch pair of Grinches with $1,000 worth of stolen Christmas presents

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Vancouver Police jumped into action and made a Christmas miracle come true Thursday evening when they detained two alleged thieves who had stolen $1,000 worth of wrapped Christmas presents.

In the true spirit of Christmas, police say they caught a pair of  “Grinches” after they broke into a car in a parking lot on Homer Street near Robson shortly after 6 p.m. The suspects fled on foot, but witness descriptions allowed police to hunt down the two men.

They were later found on Granville Street with $1,000 worth of Christmas presents already wrapped.

“A 32 and 29-year-old who are both known to police will now spend some time in jail to reflect on their actions,” said VPD Constable Brian Montague in a tongue-in-cheek release that went out Christmas Eve.

“And what happens next, we hope? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!”

There is no doubting that Dr. Seuss would be proud.

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