Ocean Township police “arrest” the Grinch Monday evening

     The jailed Grinch Monday evening in Ocean Township. (Image: Ocean Township Police Department)

    The jailed Grinch Monday evening in Ocean Township. (Image: Ocean Township Police Department)

    The Grinch won’t be stealing Christmas this year in Ocean Township.

    After receiving information that the green creature, made infamous in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, was concocting a plot to sabotage Christmas in Waretown by dressing up as Santa Claus and stealing holiday decorations and gifts from homes, the Ocean Township Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau launched a “vigilant” surveillance effort.

    Thankfully for the town, the dragnet paid off. 

    The Grinch was arrested without incident Monday evening, police announced. 

    In celebration, Santa Claus and the jailed Grinch were escorted in a procession complete with lights and sirens by the Waretown Fire Department and Ocean Township Police Department through a portion of the town Monday evening. Watch the video here

    The department announced on its Facebook page to stay tuned for the location of another procession Tuesday night. 

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