'Santa Claus' robs US yacht club bar

Call it a ho-ho-holdup. Police say a large man wearing a red suit, red hat, white beard and carrying a sack robbed a Rhode Island yacht club.

world Updated: Dec 20, 2010 23:00 IST
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Call it a ho-ho-holdup. Police say a man dressed as Santa Claus has robbed a Rhode Island yacht club.

Authorities say a bartender was alone in the East Providence Yacht Club Sunday night when a large man wearing a red suit, red hat, white beard and carrying a sack walked into the bar and brandished a gun.

The bartender fled and ran to a nearby business where she called police.

By the time police arrived, the Santa bandit and an undetermined amount of cash from the register were gone.

Co-owner Tony Perry says he's just glad no one was hurt. There were no immediate arrests.

First Published: Dec 20, 2010 22:39 IST