Escondido Police arrest 'real-life Grinch' who stole packages left outside homes
1:13 PM, Dec 20, 2017
5:35 PM, Dec 20, 2017
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - Police say they've arrested a "real-life Grinch" who stole at least 30 packages - many of which were Amazon boxes - from homes.
Escondido Police said a driver was stopped just after 11 p.m. on Saturday in the area of Escondido Blvd. and Valley Pkwy. for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Jerry Rabb of El Centro, Calif., was found to have an outstanding felony warrant.
Rabb's vehicle was searched and about 30 packages were discovered. The packages, many found torn open and with Amazon labels, appeared to have been stolen before the recipients received them, according to police.
"We have all heard the story of the Grinch, and how little Cindy Lou helped save Christmas for all those in Whoville. While the Escondido Police Department does not have a Cindy Lou, we do have an Officer St. John who may have just helped save this holiday season for many," police wrote in a release.
The packages contained items including clothes, tools, and electronics. Police said they have identified many of the victims and they are working to return their packages.
Rabb was arrested on his warrant and charged with possession of stolen property.