A real-life Grinch came to Rifle and stole all the Angel Tree Christmas presents from the storage shed at the Rifle Lift-Up location sometime late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning.Lift-Up’s Angel Tree program provides Christmas gifts and toys for needy children in the area through contributions made by anonymous donors. According to Mike Powell, executive director for Lift-Up in Garfield County, the manager of the Rifle Lift-Up office checked the shed at 8 p.m. Monday and nothing was amiss. When she re-checked at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the gifts were gone.”There was a lot of stuff in the shed, but apparently this person wanted the Christmas presents,” Powell said. “It’s kind of a shock and it sets us back, especially right before the holidays.”The hinges to the shed were reportedly broken and about $500 to $1,000 worth of gifts were stolen.”If someone had stolen some food, I could almost understand,” Powell said. “But this was just a malicious act of a coward.”Those wishing to help replace the stolen goods may make a cash donation to Lift-Up, P.O. Box 1213, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Angel Tree gifts may also be taken to any Lift-Up location in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle or Rifle. While Angel Tree gifts are being accepted, the Angel Trees will also be placed around local municipalities where participants can choose an angel name from the tree, buy and wrap a gift for the child and return the gift to the tree or the local Lift-Up office, no later than Dec. 17. Anyone knowing anything about the theft at the Rifle Lift-Up is encouraged to call the Rifle Police Department at 625-2271.Anyone knowing anything about the theft at the Rifle Lift-Up is encouraged to call the Rifle Police Department at 625-2271.
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