3OYS: How the Grinch stole a family's Christmas


by LiAna Gonzales


Posted on December 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 10:25 AM

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A Gilbert family of 12 will have a modest holiday after a "Grinch" stole their Christmas.

With 10 children to support, Beth Glenn and her husband are not able to plan big trips very often.

But the Glenns decided to make this Christmas unforgettable with a trip to "the happiest place on Earth."

"I got on Craigslist to see if anyone was selling Disneyland tickets," Beth Glenn said.

She found a seller and negotiated a payment of $550 for eight tickets.

"I was happy that my family was going to be able to go to Disneyland and spend the time together,” said 13-year-old Caleb Glenn.

The seller instructed Beth Glenn to wire the money, saying he lived in California and could not meet her in-person.

“I sent the money and he said he was going to send me the tracking number, and then he never picked up his phone again,” she said.

The Glenns realized they wouldn't spend their Christmas at Disneyland after all.

"I can't understand why someone would choose children and Christmas time and Disneyland as their fraudulent activity of choice," Beth Glenn said.

But the Glenns said they will not let the Grinch steal their joy.

"He's one person doing bad things and we're 12 people," Beth Glenn said. "There will always be more good from us than will ever come from him, and that gives me a lot of hope.

The Glenns hope the thief will turn out like the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' story.

"Maybe he can be like the Grinch and have a change of heart,” Caleb Glenn said.