A suspect in a collection of Christmas-relevant thefts about Stafford Township has been recognized as none other than The Grinch. Police have apprehended the yuletide villain and saved Christmas.
On the afternoon of Dec. 4, police responded to a get in touch with of a Christmas tree theft in progress at Reynolds Backyard Store on East Bay Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they caught Grinch green-handed they purchased him to freeze, positioned him below arrest, and charged him with trying to steal Christmas and intent to unfold distress. The arresting officer was Ptl. Robert Woodring. Footage of the arrest is offered to see on the police department’s Facebook website page.
At the current time, Mr. Grinch is in police custody, and Xmas is officially saved.
At the ask for of Santa Claus, he will continue being in custody and accompany Claus on his annually rounds to boost superior will and Christmas cheer throughout Ocean Acres with the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Co.
Local community Policing Officer Marisa Lawrence was a important participant in this intelligent small Christmas skit.
“As you know, the Santa parade has been a extended-standing tradition,” she explained. “The Grinch concept arrived to me very last yr following I saw how much joy and enjoyment the Santa visit brought my two boys at property. My sons are large supporters of the Grinch, and one night though looking at the Grinch movie I beginning contemplating about how significantly enjoyment it would be to insert the Grinch into the present parade.”
This yr she brought the notion to Fireplace Main Invoice O’Neill, who loved it. Lawrence then purchased the Grinch costume on-line and wrote a story line with the department’s social media platforms in brain.
She bought Officers Woodring and Mike Morrin on board right away. Morrin is the a person enjoying the portion of Grinch. Reynolds was the great backdrop because it constantly has beautiful shows, Lawrence described. The Reynoldses were being additional than happy to host.
The acting credit goes to Woodring and Morrin, she extra – “I had the quick component of just filming.” She shot the video clip in a solitary get. Morrin and Woodring expanded on the thought by coming again to headquarters to get the mug shot and mobile pictures.
“The holiday break period can typically be a hard time of calendar year for a lot of persons in our community, particularly this 12 months, thinking of all of the difficulties COVID-19 has introduced,” Lawrence explained. “It is our objective, in particular for the duration of the getaway time, to convey people together and let our community know that we are in this article, and we are all going via these troubles jointly. The positive response we have received on our Grinch skit is far more than we ever envisioned.
“We are so grateful to have the option to be a part of something that is bringing a smile to so lots of faces.” —V.F.