Halifax police still searching for alleged gift-stealing Grinch

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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Man caught on camera stealing Christmas presents from home

DARTMOUTH - A local Grinch is proving to be one slippery character.

Halifax police are searching for this man after he broke into a Dartmouth home and stole Christmas presents on Dec.19

Police say they’ve identified a man who allegedly robbed a Dartmouth family of their Christmas presents before the holidays, but haven’t been able to find him yet.

Halifax Regional Police spokeman Const. Pierre Bourdages said it’s one thing to know who a suspect is but another thing to track them down.

“We’ve checked the known residence and known hang outs, and we have yet to locate him,” said Bourdages on Monday.

Around 4 p.m. on Dec. 19, police say a man reported a break in after returning home from work.  A review of security camera footage from inside the house showed a suspect breaking into the Athorpe Drive home around 11:20 a.m.

Police say the burglar stole a number of wrapped Christmas gifts, electronics and collectors coins before leaving the area on foot.

On Dec. 23, police released photos and a video of the man inside the home, which Bourdages said led to dozens of “tremendously” helpful public tips that helped identify the man.

However, if investigators can’t locate him soon, Bourdages said the next step could be to send out a warrant for his arrest.

His name would then be made public because information would be sworn on the record, Bourdages said.

Bourdages said the suspect used to live in Halifax, but police have no information “one way or the other” on whether he’s still in HRM or the province.

Organizations: Halifax Regional Police spokeman Const. Pierre Bourdages

Geographic location: Halifax, Dartmouth, HRM

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