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Tampa Grinch steals gifts, Christmas tree
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Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Police are looking for a real-life Grinch who made off with a family's Christmas presents... and even their Christmas tree!

Police say that after a day of Christmas shopping for her five kids at an Orlando outlet mall, 27-year-old Ana Perez dropped the presents off at her home on East River Cove Street.

Perez just began renting the house and has not yet moved in; she left the presents there so her children would not see them. The following day while her kids were out, Perez returned to wrap the presents, only to discover they were all missing.

Police believe the thief entered the house through an unlocked window overnight, and took the presents as well as the Christmas tree.

Tampa police are now collecting gifts for the family. They can be dropped off at 9330 North 30th Street in Tampa, and police will make sure they get to the family for Christmas.

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