The Grinch came early to two Salt Lake County restaurants, taking Ronald McDonald donation boxes with a total of about $200, police said.

Sgt. Steve Coxey said a man described as about 25 years old, 6 feet tall with brown hair walked into the McDonald's on 35th South and 35th West about 9 p.m. Saturday and left with the donation box.A similar incident occurred earlier in the week at the McDonald's on 17th South and Redwood Road, Coxey said.

"They saw him come in and it (the donation box) wasn't bolted down. And he just picked it up and walked out with it," Coxey said, adding the man got into a light-colored, older model pickup truck.

"This goes right along with stealing the kid's wheelchair," the sergeant said, referring to the theft last month of a handicapped child's wheelchair from outside his apartment house. "The guys must live together."