CHEROKEE CO., SC (WSPA) – The holidays aren’t cheap as Americans spend billions of dollars on presents and decorations.
One Upstate sheriff’s office wants to make sure your gifts don’t end up in the wrong hands.
The program called “Grinch Patrol” aims to keep thieves from stealing Christmas gifts.
Thieves come out during the holidays looking for gifts they didn’t buy, while the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office works to stop them in their tracks.
“These folks, a lot of them are drug addicts or have addictions but there still going to try to find away to provide for their children,” says Sheriff Steve Mueller.
For the last six years, Sheriff Mueller and his deputies have hit the streets, looking from every angle at everything.
“Different types of equipment; lawn mowers, four wheelers; things like that you could also look for boxes and things.”
More than a dozen deputies are working extra shifts, riding through neighborhoods, checking on homes and responding to calls.
It’s an effort that the sheriff says is paying off.
“As we look at our normal burglary rate January through November and we see it come down in December,” Mueller said. “The extra patrols are out there.”
It’s an added protection that most in the area say they appreciate.
“Guess what they ride by all the time,” Karen Kamscy says. “I know for a fact that they’re out there protecting us.”