HOUSTON - In partnership with retailers throughout the area, HPD released a spoof video featuring a 'Grinch' theft suspect to warn residents about holiday crime.

Surveillance video of the Grinch can be seen on the HPD YouTube channel.

According to HPD, 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.

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