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Santa Claus Robs Rhode Island Yacht Club

Bursts into bar with sack, steals cash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 20, 2010 9:39 AM CST

(Newser) – Call it a ho-ho-holdup: a man dressed as Santa Claus has robbed a Rhode Island yacht club. Authorities say a bartender was alone last night when a large man wearing a red suit, red hat, and white beard and carrying a sack walked into the bar and brandished a gun.

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The bartender fled and ran to a nearby business, where she called 911. By the time police arrived, the Santa bandit—as well as an undetermined amount of cash from the register—was missing. The club’s co-owner says he's just glad no one was hurt. There were no immediate arrests. (Read more Santa Claus stories.)

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