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205 AZ fugitives arrested in 'Grinch' operation

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Posted at 1:36 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 15:36:00-05

Federal authorities say more than 200 fugitives around Arizona have been arrested as part of crackdown on people with outstanding arrest warrants.

U.S. Marshals Service officials announced Friday "Operation Grinch Stopper 2015" was held Dec. 8-10 and resulted in 205 arrests including 161 in Phoenix, 33 in Tucson and 11 in Yuma.

The operation focused on fugitives wanted for property crimes including robbery, burglary, theft, larceny and drugs.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona says property crimes are known to increase during the holiday season.

Authorities say the goal is to reduce the number of "Grinches" whose aim is to "steal Christmas."

Since its creation in 2012, Grinch Stopper operations have resulted in 701 arrests and 918 warrants cleared in Arizona.