Someone is stealing Christmas decorations in Wrentham. Police want the public’s help finding the ‘vile Grinch.’

“Let’s face it, the person who did this is pretty pathetic.”

Police are warning that a “thief whose heart is an empty hole” — to quote the now-classic holiday-season ditty — has been stealing Christmas decorations from lawns in Wrentham. 

Wrentham police Chief Bill McGrath said the thefts occurred on Dedham Street and other locations in town, with stolen items including lawn projectors, a blow up Santa, and decorative lights.

“These are expensive decorations and we’d love nothing more than to nab the thief whose heart is an empty hole,” he wrote Tuesday, sharing an image of the Dr. Seuss character, the Grinch. “If anyone can point us in the direction of this seasick crocodile, please call the WPD at 508-384-2121. We truly want to stop this nasty, wasty skunk!”

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McGrath urged residents to take measures to protect their holiday decorations, such as pointing home surveillance cameras at their decorations, repositioning motion detected lights, or securing decorations to something study nearby and attaching objects like bells or chimes to electrical cords that will make noise when moved. 

Some of the stolen decorations belonged to a young boy who saved his own money to purchase them for the holiday season, according to the police chief. 

He asked for the public’s help in ruining the “Grinch’s Christmas.”

“Let’s face it, the person who did this is pretty pathetic,” McGrath wrote. “If you see Christmas decorations like lighted reindeer, an inflatable Santa or snowman, lawn projectors, let us know. Maybe you’ll see them suddenly appear on a lawn somewhere or see them posted on one of the social media sales sites.”