NEWPORT BEACH — The Grinch who tried to steal Christmas has been arrested, Newport Beach police announced Thursday.
After receiving complaints from residents that their holiday packages delivered to their doorsteps were being stolen in recent days, Newport Beach police began surveillance in the neighborhood around Fullerton Avenue and El Modena Avenue.
And sure enough, the alleged grinch, Melanie Kathleen Astin, made an appearance.
Police arrested Astin, 42, from Newport Beach, after watching her follow a delivery truck and stop as it made a delivery.
Residents believed she was following delivery trucks because the thefts happened within minutes of each other on adjacent streets. One family set up a surveillance camera which caught a woman going up to the door and stealing one of their boxes, KTLA reported.
The family said the theft occurred right after the United Parcel Service driver dropped off the package.
Milda Goodman, who lives on Aliso Avenue, said someone stole a Christmas present she had ordered from Amazon.com on Monday.