RCMP have launched a province-wide investigation to identify a grouchy, green thief who has been targeting unlocked vehicles and homes.
"We need help from our citizens in cracking this case," said RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson of the Nova Scotia RCMP. "Reports are coming in from across the province of a person, or people, stealing from vehicles and we have solid suspect description but we need help identifying who this person is. They are out to steal Christmas if we don't put a stop to it!"
A few reports include:
On December 9, around 1 p.m., a citizen reported a hairy, green creature creeping around a shopping centre parking lot. The suspect rummaged through unlocked cars, removing shopping bags full of recent purchases. The suspect stuffed the stolen goods into several large sacks, which they dragged away with some difficulty.
On December 9, around 8 p.m., someone described a similar hairy, green suspect rifling through cars in a different shopping centre parking lot. Several people who were parked there later reported thefts of cash, wallets, GPS units and gingerbread scented air fresheners from their vehicles.
On December 10, around 11 p.m., a person arrived home to find a similar looking suspect in their living room. The suspect seemed startled and quickly scuttled away with the household's supply of candy canes and peanut butter balls. The homeowner later noticed several wrapped gifts had also gone missing.
The suspect is described as approximately 5-foot-9 with an unusual abundance of green facial and body hair. In all sightings, they were wearing the same red and white suit, a red and white hat and elf shoes. The suspect usually walks with a distinctive gait, hunched forward at the waist.
"Theft from motor vehicles and residential break-ins are a year round problem," said Hutchinson. "This is why we need everyone's help to stop characters like this by locking vehicles and homes, removing valuables from plain sight and reporting any suspicious behaviour and activity in your communities to police."
Anyone who recognizes this grouchy, green thief is asked to tweet @RCMPNS with the hashtag #HolidayThiefNS or comment on the Facebook post.
The investigation is ongoing.