NEW CITY, N.Y. - The Grinch stole Christmas, and now someone has stolen the Grinch.

An 8-foot-tall, inflatable decoration in the form of the title character from Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" disappeared from a yard in New City over the weekend and police say there have been several thefts of the new balloon-like ornaments this season.

Clarkstown police Sgt. Harry Baumann said eight to 10 of the decorations - which come in models including a snowman, Santa Claus, a polar bear and Winnie the Pooh - have been taken since Dec. 1.