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Grinch-like burglar who stole family’s Christmas presents is caught, cops say

Police handcuff suspect. (MaxPixel/Released)

A burglar smashed the window of a home and stole an Atlantic City family’s Christmas presents as well as other valuables, but was arrested days later after selling some of the items at a local pawn shop, authorities said.

Rodney Williams, 48, tossed an object through the window of a house on the 100 block of North Virginia Avenue sometime before 6 p.m. on Dec. 10, entered the home and filled a bag with loot before leaving, Atlantic City police said in a statement Friday.

Williams, of Atlantic City, swiped $20,000 in Christmas presents, electronics, jewelry, money from a piggy bank and other personal items, officials said.

Investigators checked a local pawn shop, recovered some of the items he unloaded there and were able to learn Williams’ identity.

Eight days later – with an arrest warrant in hand – two detectives spotted Williams trying to open the door of a home in the area of Connecticut and Arctic Avenues.

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He was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and contempt of court. Williams was then sent to the Atlantic County jail.

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