Friday, December 07, 2007

Polish police seek thieving Santa

Polish police were searching Friday for a suspect who robbed a village grocery disguised as Santa Claus.

Witnesses of the hold-up Thursday in Ploty, northwest Poland, found it difficult to describe the robber who wore a Santa costume with a plastic face mask and long white beard, police said.

The thief gave his best wishes to the saleswoman before brandishing an item resembling a handgun and making off in a getaway car with several thousand zlotys (several hundred euros, dollars).

The robber chose November 6 for the heist, celebrated as the feast of St. Nicholas in Poland.