Man dubbed ‘The Grinch’ by police for allegedly stealing Christmas presents arrested

Philip Croucher, Metro Halifax
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DARTMOUTH - At long last, the man police have dubbed ‘The Grinch’ has been arrested.

Halifax police have arrested a man after he broke into a Dartmouth home and stole Christmas presents on Dec.19

Around 4 p.m. on Dec. 19, police say a man realized his Dartmouth home had been broken into when he returned from work. A review of security camera footage inside the house showed a suspect breaking into the Athorpe Drive home around 11:20 a.m.

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

After releasing a video of the break-in on Dec. 23, several tips came in and police identified a suspect.

However, finding him proved to be difficult.

Finally, on Monday night, police say they arrested the 36-year-old man from Halifax without incident at a residence on Ruben Court in Dartmouth.

“We’ve been trying to arrest this individual for about three weeks now,” said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages. “It was very hard to locate where he was, and we also believe he was trying to hide from us.”

Bourdages said the public’s interest helped them solve this case. He said “it was overwhelming” how much the video they released was shared on social media sites, and dozens of tips came in pointing to who the person was.

“It does show when people get together, and talk about these crimes … it helps us tremendously,” Bourdages said.

Bourdages said the man is very well known to police. He is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Tuesday to face charges of break and enter. Once he appears in court, police say they will release the man’s name.

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Halifax

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