The holiday weekend was a busy one for Mesa County Sheriff's Office Special Deputy Ralphie.

As you can tell from the photos below from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Deputy Ralphie was busy patrolling the streets of Grand Junction, teaching a class about how things are done at the North Pole, talking to the media, and investigating the mysterious case of missing Christmas cookies.

Through very careful investigation, Deputy Ralphie was able to catch the cookie thief red-handed - or in this case GREEN-handed. Just scroll down through the photos to follow Deputy Ralphie's investigation and to see the guilty culprit. You can see what else Deputy Ralphie was up to during his stay in Grand Junction.

We sure would like to thanks the Mesa County Sheriff's Office for allowing Deputy Raphie to spend some time in Grand Junction and for sharing his holiday adventures with us.

[MESA COUNTY SHERIFF]