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Houston Police Department
News Release
Monday, December 04, 2017

HPD Chief Acevedo Warns of Holiday Grinch, Releases Surveillance Video of Wanted Suspect

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, in partnership with retailers throughout the Houston area, has released surveillance video of a wanted suspect dubbed “The Grinch”. 
The suspect is described only as a green-faced individual wearing a Santa hat, Santa shirt and green tights.  He has been described as having furry hands and feet.  A photo of the suspect is attached.  Surveillance video of the Grinch can be viewed on the HPD YouTube channel at
The Grinch has been spotted at retailers throughout the Houston area committing burglaries of motor vehicles, thefts at gas stations and other holiday-spirit stealing acts of crime. 
HPD warns prevention and avoidance is the key to not falling victim to the Grinch.  Citizens are urged to heed to following safe shopping tips:
 This suspect was first identified by a retailer’s group in Houston called the GHLPA, or the Greater Houston Loss Prevention Alliance.  The GHLPA is comprised of loss prevention representatives with Kroger, H-E-B, Fiesta, Target, Randalls, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Macy’s, Sam's, Weingarten and Dollar General. During the holiday season, stores have reported an increase in the number of thefts reported by their customers.

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