Three would-be teenage grinches didn’t get too far with stolen Christmas cards and packages this week.
White County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy John O’Brien said residents called 911 Tuesday night to report a suspicious car going from mailbox to mailbox shortly after dark.
Sheriff’s officials put out a lookout on the car, which was soon pulled over by Cleveland police, O’Brien said.
"Inside the vehicle was a bunch of mail that didn’t belong to them," O’Brien said.
"Apparently they were hitting mailboxes before folks got home from work."
O’Brien said officials suspect the teens were looking for Christmas cards containing cash and Christmas packages.
The teens, whose ages were not immediately available, were charged with theft and released to the custody of their parents.
The mail was turned back over to the U.S. Postal Service for re-delivery.