Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Crime & Courts

Authorities nab 'Grinch' who allegedly stole holiday packages from Los Angeles homes

GrinchThiefCalif.JPG

Items allegedly stolen by a thief authorities have dubbed a "grinch" are shown. (LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.)

Los Angeles County sheriff's authorities are calling a man suspected of stealing packages worth thousands of dollars from people's homes a Grinch.

Sgt. Mark Moffett said Thursday that investigators tracked down 42-year-old Michael Wieczorek during a hunt for the thief who took a package from the porch of a Rancho Palos Verdes home.

Moffett said detectives searched his San Pedro home and found jewelry, toys and other items that had been reported stolen. They included a pair of pajamas underneath the Christmas tree that Wieczorek was going to give his mother.

Detectives said they also uncovered stolen mail -- including Christmas cards -- counterfeit driver's licenses, altered checks and fraudulent tax forms.

Wieczorek was arrested Wednesday. He posted $20,000 bond, and was ordered to appear in court Jan. 10.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 3.95% up 3.94%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.05% up 3.02%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.31% up 4.29%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.34% dw 3.48%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.44% dw 3.66%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.57% up 4.56%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.08% up 4.07%  
$30K Loan Graph 4.94% dw 4.97%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.33% dw 4.34%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.35% up 4.34%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.77% up 2.66%  
36 M Used Graph 3.25% up 3.18%  
48 M New Graph 3.05% up 2.94%  
48 M Used Graph 2.87% up 2.79%  
60 M New Graph 3.14% up 3.05%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.37% dw 0.40%  
1 yr Graph 0.71% dw 0.72%  
5 yr Graph 1.48% up 1.45%