Bah humbug! A literal grinch has stolen 10 bags of donated toys from Victoria’s Salvation Army and Victoria police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the suspect.

On Tuesday, December 11th, staff members of the Salvation Army parked a truck full of donated Christmas toys in their building’s parking lot before leaving for the end of the day.

The next morning, December 12th, staff members returned to find the truck robbed of the 10 bags of toys inside.

The investigation is still ongoing, and anybody with information on the theft is asked to call Victoria police at 250-995-7654, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Tis the season

Law enforcement agencies from different Vancouver Island communities are warning of increased thefts around the holiday season.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Nanaimo RCMP issued warnings over a spike in break and enters and theft of delivered parcels.

According to the detachment, there were 32 reported break ins during the first two weeks of December. That number is nearly double 20 break ins during the same period in 2017.

“Home owners must continue to be vigilant while we continue to pursue those responsible for this rash of break ins,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in the warning.

“We believe these incidents are not being committed by just one person and that there are a number of individuals involved.”

Meanwhile, VicPD issued a reminder last week to secure your vehicle during the holidays, especially while shopping.

“When shopping in and around Victoria and Esquimalt, it is important to remember not to leave valuables in your vehicles,” says VicPD

“Theft from vehicles is a crime of opportunity that we see often during the holiday shopping season. When you eliminate the opportunity, your chance of having your car broken into is minimized.”