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Sheriff Blasts Florida Woman as 'Grinch' After She's Accused of Making 'Selfish' Choice to Fake Theft of Kids' Christmas Gifts

Florida Woman Arrested for Faking Christmas Gift Theft: Police
Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

Shana Hudson allegedly told police a thief stole Christmas presents from her house. Turns out, she was lying, cops said.

Dec. 23 2023, Published 12:08 p.m. ET

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A woman in Florida has been arrested after she allegedly lied to police about her children’s Christmas gifts getting stolen, according to authorities.

Police said 39-year-old Shana Hudson called police last month and claimed her home in Lehigh Acres had been burglarized, WBBH-TV reported.

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At the time, Hudson allegedly told investigators that items stolen from her house included presents she had purchased recently for her kids, who were now left without gifts for Christmas, according to WEAR-TV.

On Nov. 20, Hudson spoke with WBBH and said she believed someone broke into her home through a window.

“Eight fishing poles, they took some clothes, ’cause I bought clothes for my five kids,” Hudson said. “I wanted my kids to have a pretty much decent Christmas. But now they ain’t going to have Christmas at all, some thief came and stole our s***.”

Hudson then told the alleged thief to “turn yourself in and bring us back our stuff so me and my kids can have a good Christmas,” WBBH reported.

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Hudson was surprised later on by detectives, who gave her gifts donated by the American Legion and Lee County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop Fund, WTVT reported.

However, an anonymous tip led investigators to believe Hudson was not burglarized and she had lied about the theft, officials said.

Investigators searched the home of one of Hudson’s relatives and discovered all of the alleged stolen items, including televisions hidden under bed sheets and fishing poles covered by clothes, court documents state.

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In a social media post, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno called Hudson a “Grinch,” as video showed her being arrested and charged with making a false police report.

Marceno said, “This pathetic behavior is unacceptable, especially given the circumstances this holiday season. This woman took advantage of the system and is now paying the price for her selfish choices.”


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