Photo: Courtesy Independence Police Department Facebook
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) A Grinch has stolen a large Santa Claus from the porch of a historic mansion in the Kansas City area.
Police in Independence say the jolly old elf was snatched Tuesday or Wednesday from the Vaile Mansion. Built in 1881, the three-story Gothic-like structure is open to the public as a museum.
Police say the Santa belongs to a Parks and Recreation employee and has much sentimental value.”
In effort to track down leads, police posted pictures on Facebook showing the missing Santa posed next to a giant reindeer and beside a fireplace.
Several dozen people responded to the post with outrage. One poster predicted that the thief would be “on Santas naughty list this year.”
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