LANSING ILL| Police commended an observant United Parcel Service driver and two methodical patrol officers last week for busting the infamous Grinches who allegedly stole Christmas gifts. Martin Wisniewski, a long-time UPS driver in Lansing, received the Citizens Award and officers Kevin LaPointe and Todd Yonker received Special Arrest Awards, Lansing Police Cmdr. Jerry Zeldenrust said. The three received the awards before the Lansing Village Board for their roles in the arrest of Marcus McCoy, 31, and Tanya White, 37, who gained national attention for allegedly following UPS drivers and stealing Christmas gifts and other packages in Illinois and Indiana. Lansing police present the Citizens Award to citizens who go "above and beyond the call of duty to help police," Zeldenrust said. "We want to encourage that type of behavior and recognize a job well done," he said. Wisniewski led police to the couple by providing officers with the license plate of the van they were driving on Dec. 20, Zeldenrust said. "It was just a real heads-up play to just pull over and let the van just drive by without tipping them off that he was going to call police on them," he said. "It really helped us find the van because they had no idea they had been identified." The Special Arrest Award is presented for special achievement in arrests, Zeldenrust said. "The officers affected an arrest that was not only important for the UPS Co. and its customers, but also for the recovery of property of all the citizens involved," he said. "It cleared up many crimes in other jurisdictions." LaPointe and Yonker made sure additional charges against the couple stuck by carefully following procedures for Cook County and Lake County in Indiana, Zeldenrust said. The arrests of McCoy and White, both of Harvey, led police to more than $20,000 in stolen packages in Harvey and East Chicago, police said. "The officers did an excellent job of maintaining the chain of custody," Zeldenrust said. "They made sure they met all of the criteria and rules of evidence to make a strong felony case and to get search warrants issued and served."