The following is a news release sent out by the Shelby County, Alabama Sheriff's Office:
"Children throughout Shelby County can sleep soundly tonight, as the Shelby County Sheriff's Office has apprehended the famed Christmas thief, The Grinch.
"Grinch, 56, a green male who resides on Mount Crumpit near Whoville had been hiding in the Shelby County area, looking to steal Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations, and most importantly, presents for local children.
We received a tip from Cindy Lou, of Whoville, who said after failing to stop Christmas in several other cities, he was headed to our area," said Sheriff Chris Curry.
"Our Investigators spotted his dog, Max, at the Alabaster Dog Park, and we managed to secretly put a microphone on his collar," Curry added. "Thankfully, for our investigation, Grinch tells his dog everything."
"Investigators found that Grinch was secretly setting up his operations in Shelby County, waiting for Christmas to come. Once Investigators had the evidence, deputies apprehended Grinch after a short footchase. When Investigators told him he confessed his plans to his dog on tape, he had this to say:
"How could it be so?" Grinch said. "It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
"My hopes are that the citizens of our county can now relax and have a very Merry Christmas, and enjoy their families and feasts without the fear of this anti-holiday beast," Curry said upon helping book the Grinch into the Shelby County Jail. Then he turned to the Grinch and said, "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel."