AXTELL, Texas—A Central Texas family is complaining about a visit from a Grinch of a thief while they were serving Christmas dinner.

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a utility task vehicle parked outside a home in Axtell, northeast of Waco. Rick and Vicky Pavelka tell KWTX-TV ( http://bit.ly/19yP8fc) that they were hosting a Christmas dinner for family when someone is believed to have come up to their backdoor and driven off with the UTV, valued at about $14,000.

The Pavelkas have searched for the UTV to no avail.

They are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information about the vehicle.

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Information from: KWTX-TV, http://www.kwtx.com