Polk’s detectives are looking for the ‘Grinch’ who broke into the house and stole children’s gifts from under the Christmas tree

The Polk County Sheriff said MPs were trying to locate an unidentified man who smashed down the front door of a single mother’s home and stole her television, laptop and gifts for her children. two girls, aged 8 and 11.

“He’s a Grinch,” Sheriff Grady Judd said Tuesday. “We always have to have one, right? Obviously this guy’s got eggnog because we have a video of him breaking into this house.”

Provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

The burglary took place on December 20. At approximately 7:30 a.m., the mother left her home in East Lakeland.

“At 7:47 am, guess who’s coming?” asked the sheriff. “The old Grinch, himself.

Surveillance cameras captured video of his vehicle, described as a newer model of a dark-colored four-door vehicle. However, there were also cameras inside the family home.

Provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

The suspect was seen stealing the gifts from under the tree and “sneaking” past plastic sheets hanging inside the house. The sheriff said the family was having chores done around the house. He said neighbors may not have reported it as workers walked in and out of the house during the project.

“I guess they might have thought he was taking the wrapped packages somewhere else,” the sheriff suggested, adding that nearly $ 1,600 worth of items had been taken from the house.

Provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

READ: Polk detectives discover child pornography on suspect’s computer during PSC data breach investigation

He said Crime Stoppers will offer $ 2,500 for information leading to an arrest. Tips can be sent by calling (800) 226-8477. Judd said he wanted the public to help Polk MPs give the suspect a Christmas present.

“It’s called a Polk County Jail ID card,” Sheriff Judd said. “This is where we want it, in jail for Christmas Day.”

“I have to tell you the truth. When you look at this guy, as he sneaks into a stranger’s house, stealing stuff, it makes me so angry I can eat pine needles from a tree. Christmas, ”he added. “We won’t give him pine needles but I would love to.”

In the meantime, he said Polk Sheriff Charities will help replace stolen gifts for children.

“They are going to wake up on Christmas Day with a wonderful Christmas present.”

Comments are closed.