A Homestead woman is accused of being the grinch who stole Christmas for some Florida Keys residents.

Wednesday the Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrested Shuwana Horne, 35, after the UPS worker was accused of eating a tin of cookies and pocketing an iPad.

As the gift delivery season swung into full gear, a manager at the Islamorada UPS warehouse called police upon noticing missing inventory on December 10.

Before detectives could begin their undercover operation, another employee informed management that they witnessed Horne opening and eating an undelivered package of cookies.

A check of computer records revealed Horne altered the cookie delivery status to "receiver moved, not delivered/returned to shipper."

Recovery of an empty cookie container led police to Horne's residence, where she was arrested upon admitting to stealing the cookies as well as an iPad, which said she sold to someone at the Collier County Casino for $250.

Horne was taken to the Monroe County jail in Key West, where she is held on $16,000 bond and charged with theft of the iPad and with fraud in tampering with business computer software.

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