ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police Officer Colin Hayward Toland made his first arrest Tuesday evening, when he stopped the Grinch from stealing Christmas presents from under the Christmas tree!

The Grinch was taken into custody and arraigned at Ithaca City Court shortly afterward.

Below is The Ithaca Voice’s seasonal retelling of the event, inspired by Dr. Suess’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” There are also plenty of photos and videos from the event.

“The Grinch Who Definitely Did Not Steal Christmas in Ithaca, Thanks to Officer Colin”

Every Ithacan in the city liked the holidays a lot…

But the Grinch, who lived on the Commons, did NOT!

The Grinch hated holidays! The whole winter season!

Now, I’m no detective. But that’s likely the reason.

The Grinch sought revenge on Ithacans tonight.

Stealing presents from Christmas trees, all in plain site!

But I think that the lucky reason to cheer

May have been that Officer Colin was here!

Whatever the reason, we all can agree

That 9-year-old Colin is the star of IPD

He came swooping in flanked by Mayor Myrick and Chief Barber

Looking for the Grinch, though no grudge he did harbor

So as the scoundrel loaded a bag with presents and more

And as people booed him from Center Ithaca stores

Officer Colin showed up and mightily shouted,

“Stop! You’re under arrest!” while the Grinch just pouted

Handcuffed, police led him to Ithaca court

Where Judge Scott Miller was ready to officially resort

To sending the Grinch far away for a very long time

He was convinced that the Grinch had committed the crime!

The accusatory, he read, went something like this:

“…the defendant did: steal wrapped Christmas presents from beneath the Christmas Tree located in the ground floor atrium area of Center Ithaca by attempting to conceal same on his person and fleeing from the area on foot.Such presents consisted of Pop Guns! And bicycles! Roller Skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums! Let it be known that the defendant’s actions were committed in order to steal Christmas in general and furthermore that during his apprehension the Defendant stated “…Pooh Pooh to the Whos!…” as he was grinchishly humming, “…They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming!…” “…They’re just waking up I know just what they’ll do!…””…Their mouths will hang open a minute or two…” “…Then the Whos down in Whoville will cry BooHoo!…” “…That’s a noise…”grinned the Grinch “…That I simply MUST hear!…”

(Hey! Poetry it’s not! But it’s all that we’ve got!)

Arresting Officer Colin said, “He seems very stinky.”

The Grinch sat there, head down, looking very slinky

Then assigned counsel attorney Seth Peacock spoke up!

The Grinch, Peacock said, is no average schlup

“This is the 53rd year

that my client has lived here

He is not a flight risk

There is no reason to whisk

him off to jail

instead you should set reasonable bail!

Or better yet, release him today

and he will make his way

back to court

espescially if you require him

to turn over his passport

my client is not a bad man

you must understand

to deal with this charge

I ask you allow him time for his heart to enlarge

he took this fall

becasue his heart was simply two sizes too small.”

Peacock spoke to Officer Colin and a deal was arranged

The Grinch landed probation

and was set free again!

Watch the live video of the arraignment below (It really gets started at 11 minutes into the video.)

And you can watch the the arrest go down in this video!

The Grinch spotted stealing presents in Center Ithaca on Dec. 13. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
Officer Colin Hayward Toland enters Center Ithaca. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
Officer Colin handcuffs the Grinch. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
The Grinch is brought into Ithaca City Court for his arraignment on a charge of petit larceny. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
Judge Scott Miller reads the accusatory for the Grinch. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
The Grinch was represented by attorney Seth Peacock, who talks with Officer Colin about the charge. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
The Grinch eventually owns up for his crime, and Judge Scott Miller lets him off on probation. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice
Officer Colin addresses the media after his first successful arrest. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.