DOUGLAS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police may have to follow a trail of crumbs to solve a theft. Over the weekend, more than 100 cookies were stolen from one of the 19 motels involved in a special contest.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas was the theme of the night, but it's the cookie monster they should've been watching all right.
"As crazy as this sounds, I was devastated because I wanted to win this," says Rusty Ross, general manager of the Blue Star Motel.
18 motels were competing for best cookie and the Blue Star Motel was only a rookie. It's the motel's first year in business and the manager was all set for the date. However, three visitors came and left the motel with an empty cookie plate.
"A spritz butter cookie is what it was," says Ross. "A group of ladies showed up. One of the ladies asked if they could see a room, so I showed her the room."
In the meantime, the other two managed to flee and when Ross returned there was nothing left to see.
"The other two ladies that were with her took all of them, wiped us out, over 100 cookies," says Ross.
The cookie plot thickens because the women who originally asked to see a room, never booked a room, and never asked for a cookie. "It was a diversionary tactic," says Felicia Fairchild, executive director of the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau.
Police were then called to the spot and organizers were hoping the trail was still hot. "After he (the officer) finished giving someone a ticket, I asked him if he would take a report on a cookie larceny," says Fairchild.
WZZM 13 asked the Saugatuck-Douglas police chief if the department needed more cookie patrols. "Obviously we do if we're losing cookies," says Police Chief Kenneth Giles.
"If it was kids, maybe you'd say it was funny because the kids took it, but these were well dressed grandmas, older-looking women," says Ross.
Frowning customers were given Chex Mix instead this year, as one after another nearly shed a tear. "You used me bad," says Ross.
However, they're all still hoping to hold onto the holiday cheer.
The Blue Star Motel manager says the cookies cost less than $20 to make, but it's the principle of the theft that he's concerned about. The motel is offering a free stay to anyone with information that leads to an arrest or conviction of the cookie thieves.