Suspect dressed as Grinch steals packages

Posted at 11:09 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 06:57:42-05

HOUSTON, TX --- A real life Grinch caught on camera in Houston breaking into cars and stealing gifts.

The surveillance footage shows a green faced suspect wearing a Santa hat, Santa shirt and green tights.

The suspect seen breaking into cars in the Houston area this weekend. 

The video is part of a new push by the police department to warn the public of the rise of robberies during the Holidays.

Deputies are urging retailers and residents to stay alert and be aware of their surroundings as criminals are using Holiday stress and crowds to commit crimes in plain sight. 

Shoppers are reminded not to leave big ticket purchases in their cars and to clean up any loose change that may attract robbers.