The Spokane police have tracked down a real-life Grinch who stole 50 Christmas trees from River Ridge Hardware early last Friday.
As a way to say thank you, the hardware store is donating 50 Christmas trees to any first responder, according to a post on the store's Facebook page.
Store owners also thanked their security team, customers who sent in tips and a local Facebook group that helps track down thieves. Security cameras caught video of the thief packing the Christmas trees into a trailer at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. Afterward, River Ridge Hardware posted about the incident on Facebook asking the public for any help that could assist them in catching the suspect.
"While our staff was enjoying family time with their loved ones yesterday, someone came and stole 50 Christmas trees from this store," the business posted on Facebook. "We're saddened that 50 families don't get our trees now."