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'Grinches' who stole Christmas presents arrested, police say

Grinches who stole holiday caramel corn are now facing charges following citizen tips and a car chase that ended in a crash, Clackamas County deputies said.

CCSO - Howard"Thanks to the outstanding surveillance video in this brazen porch theft," CCSO Sgt. Nathan Thompson said that several citizen tips helped detectives to identify two suspects in the Redland package-theft case as Kierra Mitchell, 29, and Joshua Howard, 33, both from Portland.

Mitchell and Howard were associated with a black-colored 2004 Volvo S60 — the same type of vehicle seen in the Dec. 15 surveillance video. Detectives located the vehicle in Portland even though it had been painted with two large white stripes to change its appearance.

CCSO - MitchellAs detectives watched the vehicle, Howard entered it and started driving away, Thompson said. When detectives attempted to stop the vehicle, there was a short pursuit that ended when Howard crashed into a parked truck.

Howard was treated for injuries sustained in the crash and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

Mitchell and Howard will be charged with theft of mail, a class-C felony. Howard is facing several other charges, including attempting to elude.