Illinois woman accused of stealing from charity, giving gifts to family

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 7:00 PM

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Authorities in central Illinois say they’ve apprehended the Grinch who stole hundreds of gifts from a Bloomington charity and gave some of the presents to family members.

 

Bloomington Police spokesman Dave White says 48-year-old Jody Wetzel woman was arrested on preliminary charges Wednesday in connection with the theft of the WJBC Brotherhood Tree presents.

White says investigators tracked her down thanks to tips from Brotherhood Tree volunteers and organizers.

A Bloomington police officer found most of the 220 gifts in the woman’s home, although some had already been given away to family members. White says she told officers she wanted her family to have a good Christmas and wasn’t able to provide for them.

Coordinator Janae McGrew says she’s working to increase security for the charity event next year.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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