One Delco Grinch put in his early application for Santa's naughty list this weekend when he tried to rob a Salvation Army bell ringer outside of the Granite Run Mall in Middletown, according to police.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, a Salvation Army worker was standing outside of the Sears entrance at the Granite Run Mall, doing his bell ringing thing, when the unidentified thief threatened and pushed the bell ringer as he tried to steal the red donation kettle, state police said.

Like any good solider in an army, the Salvation Army worker fought back and was able to scare away the thief, who ran off empty-handed.

The robber - who was so hard up for money he'd steal from the poor during the holiday season - fled the scene in a blue Mitsubishi, which he is hopefully ready to trade in for some coal come Christmas.