GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) - Police are searching for a real-life "Grinch" who stole 140 Christmas trees from a Gresham church.
Police posted about the theft on Facebook saying "the Grinch made an early appearance this year."
The theft occurred on Tuesday at a church and nonprofit, located at 5001 W. Powell Blvd.
The suspect(s) stole a van, flatbed trailer, and the Christmas trees. The trees are said to be worth $7,000.
According to police, the trees were to be sold to help kids involved in the Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge.
"They also stole our pop-up tent, our table, three rain gear outfits and they took the hand sanitizer out of a Port-a-Potty too," said Michael Odell, with Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge.
Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge helps people struggling with addiction and other life-changing issues.
"We need to sell these trees to keep our doors open and continue to do what we do, so this is devastating for our program," Odell said.
Odell said the only reason someone would steal so many trees is to try to sell them. Their supplier only sends trees to commercial stores and the two lots around Portland where the Adult & Teen Challenge program raises money.
"If you see a tree with the Kirk logo on it, it's our tree," he said.
A description of the suspect(s) is not available at this time.
The van is described as a white 2002 Ford Econoline E350 with a flatbed trailer. License plate 643DPM.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 and reference case number 19-64647.
To support the Adult & Teen Challenge program, go to teenchallengepnw.com.
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