Elf on the Shelf Finds Himself on "Wanted" Poster in One Massachusetts Community

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That ever-popular Elf on the Shelf has landed himself in a bit of hot water. A familiar face this time of year, the Elf on the Shelf visits girls and boys in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Some even report back to Santa Claus about whether they've been naughty or nice.

This particular Elf on the Shelf has been a bit naughty, it seems.

Police in Bourne, Massachusetts say the Elf on the Shelf is wanted in "a string of gingerbread house invasions and is known to be a specialist in covert surveillance.

Wanted Person: Use Caution. Wanted in a "string"of ginger bread house invasions. Known to spread Christmas Cheer and a...

Posted by Bourne Police Department on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Anyone apprehending the Elf on the Shelf is warned not to touch the little red-dressed being--because it can result in the loss of his magical powers.

This Facebook post on the Bourne Police Department's Facebook page has been "liked" almost 3,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon.

Kudos to the P.D. for their sense of humor and grown-up fun with the Elf on the Shelf. They've no doubt made a wealth of adults smile.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.