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Christmas 'Grinch' stopped

A "Grinch" tried to steal a little bit of Christmas in Alexandria - but didn't get away with it. It happened this past Sunday afternoon when a man came into the All Stop convenience store on McKay Avenue and was acting a little suspicious. A stor...

A "Grinch" tried to steal a little bit of Christmas in Alexandria - but didn't get away with it.

It happened this past Sunday afternoon when a man came into the All Stop convenience store on McKay Avenue and was acting a little suspicious.

A store worker told a fellow employee to keep an eye on him and sure enough, a few seconds later, the man grabbed a Salvation Army donation kettle that was on the counter and ran out of the store.

The employee, who happened to be a law enforcement student, chased him down on foot and cornered him at the nearby Olson's Mobile Home Park.

Minutes later, police officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

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The kettle, which contained about $53 in donations, was returned to the store, making Christmas a little merrier for everyone - except the suspect, a 24-year-old Alexandria man, who was charged with theft.

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Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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