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Police say there's a Grinch in Sartell, Minnesota

Somebody's been vandalizing and stealing holiday decorations in the town.
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Police in Sartell, Minnesota say there's a Grinch in town trying to ruin Christmas.

Several inflatable Christmas figures were slashed in the 1300 block of 4th Street North, the department said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning.

Over the same couple days, a light projector was stolen from the back yard of a home in the 400 block of 3rd Avenue North. 

Police say a dark colored, small SUV with loud exhaust was seen leaving the scene where the inflatables were damaged. 

According to the Star Tribune, the slashed decorations were two Christmas-themed minion blowups – one about 4 1/2 feet tall and the other closer to 9 feet.

The paper spoke to the home owner, who said the taller of the two minions "took a knife to the head" – a first for the woman's holiday display, which until now had been incident-free for more than 20 years.

Sartell police encouraged the community to report any new incidents.

"Often times residents don’t report this type of crime to our department because they believe they are bothering us with it," it wrote on Facebook.

The department said investigating these types of incidents is not a bother – it's what they're there for.

"It lets us know there is an issue in a certain neighborhood or area so we can provide extra patrol and hopefully thwart any other property damage or theft," the post says.

No suspect descriptions were given by police. Anyone with information should contact the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186.

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