EDISON, NJ - The Grinch must do community service after being "caught" by Edison police attempting to "steal" gifts from a township home. The Grinch will be forced to spread holiday cheer throughout Edison during the holiday season.
The Grinch’s arrest and Municipal Court appearance were captured in a parody video that turned arresting Officers Chris Gadomski and Keith Jackson into social media celebs, racking up over 15,000 hits within 48 hours on the Edison Police Department’s Facebook page. The video is also at here: or http://cablecast.edisonnj.org/CablecastPublicSite/show/839?channel=1.
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 29, The Grinch’s portable jail cell will be hauled throughout Edison on a fire truck, making stops in various neighborhoods so he can greet and be photographed with children of all ages. The Grinch’s schedule, between 5 and 10 p.m. over seven days, is posted on Facebook at /EdisonPolice or accessed by dialing (732) 248-7575.
Parents who bring their children to meet The Grinch are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Edison’s annual Toys For Tots drive. Officers will distribute those toys to children at JFK Hospital and The Lakeview School for children with disabilities, both in Edison; and to women’s shelters in the area.
“Good police work is about more than enforcing the law. It’s about engaging our community and having some fun,” said Police Chief Thomas Bryan. “Using the Grinch to spread holiday cheer and to collect Toys For Tots while our police officers interact with parents and children is positive, proactive police work.”
“Once again, I am proud that our Police Department has found an imaginative way to go beyond the customary call-of-duty during the holiday season. They are entertaining families and providing holiday gifts for some of our most deserving children,” said Mayor Thomas Lankey.
“Our police department has stepped up neighborhood patrols and our officers are on the lookout for criminal activity. Perpetrators caught ‘stealing Christmas’ from any Edison residence will not be treated like a Dr. Seuss character. They probably will not be home for holidays,” Bryan said.