(Grinch stealing presents/VicPD)

Victoria Police is using a cautionary tale to warn residents never to leave their holiday presents in their vehicles.

In a statement released Friday morning, police say they are investigating after a person reported that presents had been stolen from their vehicle which was parked overnight in the 1100-block of View Street.

The victim reported that about $1,000 worth of presents were stolen.

No suspects have yet been identified.

Police are using this incident as a warning to others who may be leaving presents inside their vehicles this time of year.

“While COVID-19 has changed how many are shopping this year, VicPD officers are reminding you not to leave presents and packages unattended in your vehicle,” reads their statement.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Victoria Police at (250) 995-7654 ext 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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