Manitoba

'Naughty' list longer: 4 charged in Santa vandalism

Winnipeg police believe they have nabbed the Grinches who smashed Santa's sleigh and reindeer earlier this month.

Winnipeg police believe they have nabbed the Grinches who smashed Santa's sleigh and reindeer earlier this month.

Two 16-year-olds and two 17-year-olds have been charged with breaking and entering to commit mischief in connection with vandalism to a 50-year-old model of Santa's sleigh and reindeer, used in Winnipeg's annual winter parade.

The Winnipeg chapter of Junior Chamber International — the Jaycees — were temporarily housing the float in a west Winnipeg storage facility.

Theculprits yanked off Rudolph's shiny red nose and scattered fibreglass hooves, antlers and pieces of reindeer around the room.

The vehicle's shell, made of vintage Eaton's catalogues from the 1950s and 1960s, remained intact,but repairs were expected to cost about $2,000.

Since the vandalism was publicized, numerous businesses have come forward to offer to help fix the float, which the Jaycees took over from the Eaton's department store in the 1970s.

Officials hope to have the float fixed by September, well ahead of the annual Santa Claus parade, which is scheduled this year for Nov. 17.