Universal Orlando Guest Does His Best Grinch Impression, Now Under Arrest For Grand Theft

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It’s the holiday season which means it’s the season of giving, but if you visit Universal Orlando Resort during the holidays you can also celebrate the holiday of Grinchmas. You can find the classic Dr. Seuss character in the park chatting with guests, but one guest apparently took the concept of Grinchmas a little too far, and has been arrested after allegedly  attempting to steal more than $700 worth of merchandise from a Universal Orlando shop under a Grinch blanket.

According to ClickOrlando, a man named Alexander Gill was arrested November 4 after a loss prevention officer reportedly noticed him slip a pin set into his pocket and attempt to leave a store at Universal Studios Florida. The man, who was with a woman in a wheelchair, was then approached by the LP officer, who asked for the pin set. Upon escorting the pair to the investigations office, it was reportedly discovered that underneath a Grinch blanket in the woman’s lap, there were two bags of merchandise, all of which, including the blanket, had not been paid for.

Gill has been charged with third degree grand theft for stealing 41 items worth a total of $774.74. It’s unclear if the woman he was with was charged as well as the affidavit apparently does not state. Maximum penalty under Florida law for third degree grand theft is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Depending on the situation there’s no reason the punishment here will be so severe, but one can also expect they’ve been tresspassed from Universal Orlando Resort and will not be allowed to return. Committing crimes is one easy way to get banned from a theme park.

It’s a pretty impressive haul of both physical quantity and financial value, and the only reason they were caught is because they got seen with a single item. It seems quite likely they would have made it out had it not been for this single interaction. 

Theme park merchandise can certainly get expensive but over $750 worth of stuff is a lot. The average price of the 41 stolen items is less than $20 but when you take enough it certainly adds up. Beyond a pin set and the blanket it’s unclear what else was taken.

Of course, it’s the Grinch blanket that makes the story just too perfect. While it probably wasn’t intentional that a Grinch blanket was apparently used to literally cover up a theft, it was likely just seen as something that was available. Considering the time of year it’s perfect symbolism. I mean, stealing stuff is basically the Grinch’s whole thing, right?

Of course, the other part of the Grinch’s story is that after doing all the stealing he had an emotional breakthrough and realized that he could be better. It’s the season for those sort of experiences, so maybe these folks will have learned the error of their ways not unlike the Grinch

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.