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

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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.

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