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Silly 'Grinch' video helps Tucson police warn shoppers about holiday stinkers

Silly 'Grinch' video helps Tucson police warn shoppers about holiday stinkers

The Tucson police went above and beyond this holiday season to remind shoppers of possible "Grinches" who may be on the prowl.  

Last week, the police department released a video captioned "Don’t let a Grinch ruin your holiday this year," warning shoppers of car theft during the holiday season. 

The video shows a Grinch character slinking around a smoky, dark parking lot, trying to break into different cars. Once the Grinch finds an unlocked car, he starts riffling through the holiday packages on the front seat (which, the joke is on the Grinch because it appears all the packages are empty.) 

Thankfully the police come and arrested the Grinch before he got away with all the Christmas goodies, but police had a few reminders for folks while holiday shopping: 

  • Keep car doors locked, bags, packages and valuables out of plain site 
  • Park in a well-lit, well-populated area 
  • When you can, shop with friends or family members
  • If you see something, say something

Watch the video below: 

The video has gained popularity on Facebook. By Thursday morning, it had been viewed more than 70,000 times and shared more than 1,000 times.

In the comments and shares, the majority of viewers thought the video was funny and engaging, with one commenter saying the officer who played the Grinch (police spokesperson Chris Hawkins) had an "Oscar-worthy performance."

The department also made a blooper real, which is pretty hilarious too.

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Digital Engagement Editor

Mollie Muchna is the Star’s Digital Engagement Editor, leading the newsroom’s online and breaking news teams. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism, and since then, has won multiple awards for digital storytelling.

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