2015-12-30 / Front Page

Grinch Arrested On Christmas Package Theft

District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on December 23 that a 26-year-old East Elmhurst man has been charged in four separate incidents with stealing packages after they had been delivered to the doorsteps of Queens residents yesterday afternoon.

"When people place mail orders, they do not expect their delivered packages to be brazenly stolen off their doorstep by somebody acting like the Dr. Seuss’ character in the book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, as the defendant is accused of doing in this case – even though he had no way of knowing what the packages contained. What the defendant now knows is that he faces the prospect of being incarcerated for his alleged actions," Brown said.

The defendant has been identified as Frank Garcia, 26, of Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst. Garcia is presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with four counts of petit larceny and four counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. If convicted, Garcia faces up to a year in jail.

District Attorney Brown said that, according to the charges, Garcia was observed walking down 47th Street removing packages that had been left on doorsteps by mail delivery services and placing the packages on a blue push cart. In reviewing surveillance video of the lobby of Garcia’s building, police allegedly observed Garcia enter the building with a blue push cart containing several packages. Police allegedly recovered the blue cart and an assortment of packages containing ten curtains, two bottles of lotion, a pair of pants, a purse, a Bluetooth speaker and a bottle of soap. At the time of his arrest, Garcia allegedly stated to police that he took the packages because he was out of work and it was Christmas.

The investigation was conducted by officers assigned to the 114th Precinct.

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