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Grinch Steals Christmas in Pangnirtung, Nunavut

The post office in 1,400-population Pangnirtung was burglarized, with parcels either stolen or damaged; Christmas may be ruined for some families
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The notorious Grinch—or a hard-up Santa—has paid the tiny community of Pangnirtung a visit.

Sadly, they were not fictional or cartoon characters. Actual thieves broke into the town’s Canada Post office last weekend, opened parcels that were awaiting delivery to eager children, and either made off with or trashed the contents, the Nunatsiaq News reports.

“I was crying when I heard about it, I’m so mad,” Lucie Akulukjuk, the mother of three small children, told the newspaper. “Their grandparents told the kids the gifts were coming. Now I don’t know what to tell them.”

All may not be completely lost. CBC News reported that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Nunavut is on its annual Christmas drive, wrapping and delivering toys to Nunavut communities. It is the second annual toy drive and is organized by the Toronto Santa Claus parade, CBC News said. The donated toys are flown by aboriginal-owned First Air to communities throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the television station said. Thus at least some Pangnirtung families will receive gifts in time for Christmas morning

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Nevertheless the 1,400-member community was stunned at the break-in, which occurred at a warehouse attached to the main post office. Postmistress Mandy Qaqasiq discovered the deed when she came into work on the morning of Monday December 19, the Nunatsiaq News said.

Police were analyzing the remaining parcels for evidence on December 20 in hopes of finding the Scroogy perpetrators and were asking community members for tips so as to “possibly save Christmas for several families.”