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Cops: Grinch robbed home twice on Christmas Eve

ERIE, Pa. -- Police say a Pennsylvania man tried to steal a puppy from a home he had burglarized hours earlier on Christmas Eve, taking presents meant for children.

The Erie Times-News reports 21-year-old Austin Thompson is accused of stealing televisions, a video system and Christmas presents meant for Sara Sauers' children at about 4 a.m. Christmas Eve.

Police say they caught Thompson when he returned about two hours later to take her puppy. They say he fled when officers responded to the second call.

Police were able to recover some of the stolen items. Sauers says police returned her television on Christmas Day and even hooked up her cable.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Thompson, who remained in jail Tuesday.

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