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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. – The Grinch appeared in an Indian River County, Florida, courtroom Wednesday on burglary and theft charges.

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The green grouchy creature was arrested Dec. 2 by Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies, who said in an Instagram post they caught him “green-handed” stealing toys.

The Grinch appeared before Judge Nicole Menz, and pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, and trying to stop Christmas. A group of children, including Cindy Lou Who, were in court and recognized by Judge Menz as the victims in the case.

Judge Menz sentenced the Grinch to jail on charges of burglary, theft, and trying to steal Christmas. In an act of mercy, Judge Menz ruled the Grinch will be released on Dec. 24 so that he can celebrate the holiday.