SANATOGA PA – Two real-life Grinches on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 22, 2015) allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in the 900 block of Ivy Lane. They even took several presents from beneath a Christmas tree there, but later abandoned them after almost getting caught in the act, Lower Pottsgrove police say.
Now investigators hope for public help to bring the burglars to justice.
In the 1957 story “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” by famous children’s book author Dr. Seuss, the fictional Grinch was a holiday-hating evil-doer who stole gifts from families living nearby. Eventually he repented, returned the loot, and lived a happier life. Tuesday’s real-life imitators apparently haven’t heard that ending, according to township police Sgt. Timothy Walters.
Walters reported police were alerted to the burglary-in-progress at 1:51 p.m. A female resident who was alone in the home at the time said she heard its doorbell ring, then looked out a second-story window to see a male subject on its front porch. When she did not answer the front door, a second male apparently entered shortly after through an unsecured rear door, the sergeant indicated.
The woman surprised the second suspect as he prowled the home’s first-floor foyer. He fled outside, and across adjacent property owned by Brookside Country Club. The woman, who was not harmed, called for police. Lower Pottsgrove officers arrived within minutes, Walters said, established a search perimeter, and also notified Pottstown police of the incident.
The resident subsequently discovered the gifts were missing. They were later found abandoned in a nearby wooded area.
With assistance from the Pottstown department, Walters said, two juvenile suspects “matching the description” supplied by the victim were encountered along, and allegedly tried to flee from, the 700 block of North Franklin Street. They were apprehended “and detained for investigative purposes,” according to the sergeant.
The youths were not named, and there was no mention of charges being filed against them.
Lower Pottsgrove continues to investigate the incident, a press release stated. The department added it also is investigating an attempted burglary that allegedly occurred “around the same time” in the 1400 block of North Adams Street. “It is unknown if the two incidents are related,” the release noted.
Police are asking “anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anything suspicious in the area of Ivy Lane or North Adams Street” to contact them at 610-326-1508.
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