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Pangnirtung Grinches Nabbed by RCMP, Christmas Restored

Thieves who almost succeeded in stealing Christmas from tiny Pangnirtung were nabbed just before the holiday, the RCMP announced on January 3, 2012
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The sad story of a stolen Christmas has had a reasonably happy ending: The Grinchy thieves who broke into the Pangnirtung post office just before Christmas have been nabbed and most of the parcels they took retrieved.

Police told the Nunatsiaq News that they arrested 20-year-old Pangnirtung resident Moar Akulukjuk and a 17-year-old boy in the heist, which took place over the weekend between December 17 and 19, when the Canada Post office was closed.

Akulukjuk faces 19 charges, including breaking and entering, theft, breach of probation, theft of mail and resisting arrest, the newspaper said. The unnamed 17-year-old will be charged on four counts that include breaking and entering, and theft of mail.

Hearts were crestfallen in 1,400-soul Pangnirtung on Monday December 19 when the theft and vandalism was discovered by a postal worker starting her shift. Although Christmas in reality cannot be stolen, some families did face a holiday without any presents.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced the arrests on January 3, thanking community members who police said provided “critical information” that led to the apprehensions, the Nunatsiaq News reported. The investigation is continuing.