'Grinch' who stole presents from under tree in Palmdale arrested

A 25-year-old parolee described as a real-life Grinch for allegedly stealing gifts from beneath a Christmas tree at a home in Palmdale was arrested Thursday.

The burglary occurred about 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 23 at a home in the 1200 block of East Avenue S, according to Deputy Jodi Wolfe of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Palmdale Station.

The suspect entered the home, pulled a backpack from under his shirt and began taking gifts that were under a Christmas tree and other items, according to Wolfe.

The burglar's image was captured on security video and the sheriff's department subsequently identified Derrick Hairston of Palmdale as a possible suspect in the case.

Hairston was arrested at 11:40 a.m. today and booked on suspicion of burglary. He was being held without bail and was scheduled to appear in court Monday in Lancaster, according to sheriff's inmate records.

Hairston was already on parole, according to the sheriff's department, but details about his prior conviction and of his arrest were not immediately available.

Investigators were checking to see if he was possibly involved in other burglaries in the area.


It happened around 5pm Friday at a house in the 1200 block of East Ave South.

Palmdale Sheriff's Station posted the below video on Facebook writing, "help us identify this Christmas Grinch."

Authorities say the male suspect entered the home, pulled a backpack from under his shirt and began taking items from around the house-- including from under the tree.

The suspect is described as a black male between 20-30 years old, about 6'05" and 250lbs, with long facial sideburns.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Hall at 661-272-2456.