The Grinch has been caught.
On Wednesday, Jeffrey L. Gregg, 55, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in Painesville.
Detectives used surveillance videos to catch Gregg, who made off with an estimated $300 to $500.
Gregg has no permanent address, and has been sleeping in his car.
It is unclear whether or not he received coal for Christmas.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office is looking for the Grinch who stole Christmas. Well, sort of. This guy is worse because he's real.
Apparently a man took over for a Salvation Army volunteer on Saturday at the Painesville Township Giant Eagle around 4 p.m. By 4:30 p.m., the man, the money and the pot were all gone, according to WKYC.com. The lesson? Maybe never trust a guy in a cowboy hat in Cleveland.
It's one (terrible) thing to steal presents from under the tree, and the tree itself, but it's so much worse to steal donations intended for those in need. This sneaky thief is definitely getting coal from Santa for the rest of his life.
Police are looking for information about the man's identity. He was wearing a cowboy hat and a tan jacket, and drove off in a blue four-door car carrying a large red kettle. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (440) 350-5500.