Picture this, if you will. A woman walks out of a convenience store, leaving behind her wallet containing $600, a couple of credit cards, her driver's license and Social Security card. She had just cashed her paycheck and was on her way to buy Christmas presents. A man enters the store, sees the wallet lying on the counter, sticks it under his coat and leaves.
Now, picture the front page of the local newspaper. About halfway down, there's a surveillance photo taken of the man stealing the woman's wallet in the convenience store. Directly above that photo is another photo. This photo shows the same man wearing the same clothes putting Christmas decorations on the window of the business he works for. Needless to say, it didn't take local police long to find their man.
The man, Michael Millhouse, was arrested after numerous tips from alert readers and charged with second-degree theft. "I always liked the Grinch. I guess I am one," he said in the interview with the Tribune. "I am sorry for embarrassing the community and being the Grinch this year."