'Christmas Grinch' Arrested in North Idaho - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

'Christmas Grinch' Arrested in North Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police have arrested a man they say stole more than 100 pieces of mail and packages from 50 homes in North Idaho.

43-year-old Joseph Michael O' Masters is being charged with grand theft. Police arrested O'Masters early Friday morning when a neighbor in the 3200 block of Manning Loop in Coeur d'Alene reported a suspicious person going through mailboxes in the Hawk's Nest neighborhood. When officers arrived they located a vehicle matching the description.  

Officers discovered through further investigation O'Masters had over 107 pieces of mail and presents from fifty different addresses. The value of recovered stolen property is worth more than $1275, along with numerous holiday cards, photos and letters.

Police are still investigating how long O'Master's crime spree has been going on. They say all of the stolen items are expected to be returned to their rightful owners.

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