Real-life 'Grinch' steals elderly couple's Christmas lights

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Robert and Joanna Grimaldi share their story after a theif stole their Christmas lights just minutes before they were going to decorate for the holidays

New Port Richey, Florida - A real-life Grinch stole the Christmas spirit from an elderly New Port Richey couple on Tuesday.

Robert Grimaldi set the bag containing Christmas lights on the ground next to the fence where they would be displayed at around 11:30 a.m.

"I come in the house, when I came back out it was gone," said Robert.

Grimaldi's wife, Joanna, was sitting inside the house and heard a car pull up outside of their Coronado Way home.

"I heard the door slam. I could hear it from this parlor right here and the car drive off," she said.

The couple said the bag contained lights that were handed down from his parents.

Robert, who had a stroke not long ago, and Joanne, who is nearly blind, live on a fixed income and cannot afford to purchase more Christmas lights to decorate the fence in front of their home.

"Why buy lights when you need food?" said Robert Grimaldi.

His wife said the little money they do have must go toward gas for trips to the doctor and Sunday visits to church.

"If you needed it, why didn't you stop and ask us? If we had extra, we'd give it to you," said Joanne Grimaldi.

The couple reported the theft to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, but hope that the thief returns the stolen Christmas lights and their holiday spirit.


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