An apparent grinch stole hundreds of dollars in Christmas presents from a Conover residence.
The unknown suspect broke open the basement window of a home in the 4700 block of Harvard Street in Conover and entered the residence through the opening, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The burglary and larceny were reported about 5 p.m. Tuesday, and the victim told police her house was last secure about three days before the incident occurred.
Reid said a friend of the homeowner found the damage when she arrived at the house to check on the home while the homeowner was away.
The thief also took $500 in assorted jewelry and a vial of gold dust valued at $200. Sheriff's deputies are compiling inventory of the stolen Christmas presents, and they won't have an exact list of everything stolen until further investigation.
Reid said deputies think only one person was involved in the break-in. No one in the neighborhood reported seeing anything out of the ordinary.