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Juneau man says gift mix-up was not a scam

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JUNEAU -- The Grinch of Juneau who allegedly stole Christmas isn't and didn't.

Last week, a student group reported to police the theft of $358 in presents as they were providing gift-wrapping services in Nugget Mall for donations. The group told the Juneau Police Department they had been scammed.

Turns out it was just an honest mistake, the group conceded Monday.

"We were so sure that we were scammed," parent-teacher volunteer Kathleen Galau said by phone Monday.

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