In a bizarre case of life imitating art, Lafayette Crime Stoppers and the Lafayette Police Department are turning to the community for assistance in apprehending a suspect who seems to have taken a page out of a classic Christmas story. The individual in question committed the unusual act of theft while dressed as the iconic character "The Grinch."

The incident happened on December 11, 2023 when the suspect entered a business located at 1118 Coolidge Street. The perpetrator, dressed in a costume resembling "The Grinch," a character known for stealing Christmas, ironically lived up to this fictional persona by taking Christmas decorations from the front of the business. The value of the stolen goods is estimated at $70.00.

This theft, though relatively small in monetary value, has struck a nerve in the community, especially during a season that symbolizes goodwill and kindness. Although the jokes write themselves here, the Lafayette Police Department is treating this case with seriousness and is urging anyone with information about the identity of the suspect to come forward.

Lafayette Crime Stoppers has made it easy for community members to report tips while maintaining their anonymity. Individuals who recognize the suspect or have any information related to this incident can call Lafayette Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS (8477). Additionally, tips can be submitted by downloading the P3 TIPS Mobile App or by dialing **TIPS (**8477) on a mobile device.

The Lafayette Police Department emphasizes that all callers and tipsters will remain anonymous, ensuring their privacy and safety while assisting in this investigation.

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