It’s a Ho-Ho-Holdup: Bad Santas Rob Banks, Sell Drugs, And More In Christmas Crime Roundup

Surveillance footage of bank robber wearing Santa hat in Tucson, Arizona [Pima County Sheriff's Dept.]

Santa Claus is supposed to bring holiday cheer and presents — not rip off homes and rob banks. But sometimes, when criminals wearing Christmas clothing are caught filling up their stockings with stolen loot, we are reminded that St. Nicholas isn’t always so jolly.

Florida “Bad Santa” Busted On Drug Charges 

A man in Jacksonville, Florida, made the naughty list after police say he was openly selling a truckload of drugs while dressed as Santa. On Monday, Jacksonville police saw Isaac Geiger, 41, wearing his red suit in a U-Haul van. Inside, police found a bag of marijuana clearly visible in the driver’s seat of the van. Police took Geiger into custody and found more marijuana, a digital scale, MDMA, Ecstasy and a large amount of cash in his U-Haul. Geiger is charged with multiple felonious counts of drug possession with intent to sell and resisting officers without violence. [WPTV]

Bank Robber Caught On Camera Wearing Santa Hat 

A man wearing a Santa hat was caught on camera robbing a bank in Tucson, Arizona, that was located inside a Safeway store, according to Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Police are asking the public for help finding the man who robbed the U.S. bank at around 4 P.M. on December 9. The man was wearing a University of Arizona hat over the Santa hat when he entered the bank and demanded the teller fill up a bag with cash from the drawer. The man was described as being around 5 feet 10 inches tall, white, in his mid-fifties, and wearing a red button-down shirt and jeans, the sheriff’s department said in a news release. Police encourage anyone with information to call 911 or submit an anonymous tip at 88-CRIME.org. [Tucson.com]

Surveillance footage of robber wearing Santa hat [Photo: Pima County Sheriff's Dept.]

Surveillance footage of robber wearing Santa hat [Pima County Sheriff’s Dept.]

License Plate Lands Santa On Naughty List 

A custom license plate has gotten Dave Reid, a Santa from Alabama, into hot water. Reid said he was shocked when the “HO HO” license plate with a picture of a deer on it, which he has had on his SUV for six years, was suddenly deemed offensive when tried to renew it this year. “I have a 1999 4Runner that across the back glass says ‘My other ride is a sleigh’ with a wildlife license plate that says ‘HO HO,'” Reid said. “How offensive is that? People drive by me on the interstate so everyone can wave and take a picture. Who is offended by that? It’s ridiculous.” [KING 5]

Social Media Reveals Whether Mall Santas Are Naughty Or Nice 

Man dressed as Santa Claus smoking a cigarette [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

Man dressed as Santa Claus smoking a cigarette [Wikimedia Commons]

Mothers are taking to social media and parenting forums to warn others of chain-smoking “Ciggie Santa” and “Serial Killer Santa,” who refuses to smile. Mother-of-two Kelly Heale told The Sunday Mail that the Santa to whom she took her two-year-old boy, Hunter, at a Gold Coast shopping center “smelt like cigarettes” and “wasn’t warm or nice to my child, who already didn’t want to get a photo.” She said that she shared her story on social media to warn other mothers so that they would not waste their money and be disappointed. Another mother who asked not to be named said a Santa who looked like a serial killer refused to smile or engage with her children, simply telling them to sit down and look at the camera. Experts say that inexperienced Santas can also be drawn into awkward situations, including promising hard-to-find or expensive gifts to the kids. [Adelaide Now]

Nine-Year-Old Says He Was Fat Shamed By Santa

A North Carolina Santa Claus has resigned — and been hospitalized — after the story about him telling a nine-year-old to lay off hamburgers and fries was shared around the world in the press and on social media. Anthony Mayse said that the calorie-counting conversation started after he asked Santa for an iPod Touch and a drone for Christmas. “He said, ‘Lay off the hamburgers and french fries,” Anthony told WLOS. “And that really just disrespected me, and I felt awful. It affected me so bad that I was crying until I went to bed that night,” Anthony added. “And I want to say to him, ‘You don’t want to disrespect a nine-year-old. Even though what shape and size you are, it doesn’t matter.” Earl Crowder reportedly resigned from his position as Forrest City’s Santa following the public outrage. His niece later revealed that her uncle was “heartbroken” and had been hospitalized for a blood clot. [DailyMail.com/WLOS]

Man In Santa Hat Claimed To Be Raising Money For Charity, Robbed Houses Instead  
A man in Noe Valley, California, wearing a Santa hat who claimed to raise money for charity was caught on tape entering a home and allegedly burglarizing it. A San Francisco homeowner saw a man wearing a Santa hat and bow tie at his front door through a doorbell camera, and then he says surveillance footage showed the suspect “moving in and out of the house.” A neighbor said she had also seen the man, who told her his name was “Happy Feet” and that he and his friend were fundraising for charity. Cabrera said she had a nagging feeling about the man, but his outfit – mistakenly – eased her suspicions. “People who are willing to burglarize your home can masquerade as someone you think you can trust,” the homeowner said. [NBC Los Angeles]

Leonard Russel Kidd [Sex Offender Archive]

Leonard Russel Kidd [Sex Offender Archive]

Registered Sex Offender Allegedly Caught Working As Petco Santa Claus

A convicted violent sex offender once deemed to have a “high risk to offend” again was allegedly caught working as Santa Claus at a Petco in Wytheville, Virginia. Leonard Russell Kidd, 37, pleaded guilty in 2002 to aggravated sexual battery for assaulting a six-year-old boy, according to the Roanoke Times. The newspaper said he was not allowed to be at events where children were present without special permission from his probation officer, who said he did not know about the Santa role. WDBJ7, the CBS station in Roanoke, said Kidd posed for pictures with children and pets at the event. The Virginia State Police website says Kidd renewed his registration on the sex-offender registry in October, and lists his employer as the Wytheville Petco. But the company told WDBJ7 that Kidd “is no longer at Petco and we are cooperating with local law enforcement.” [The Huffington Post]

Santa and His Little Helpers Caught Stealing in Slovakia

Slovak police on Wednesday busted a man dressed as Santa Claus — and his two sisters, who were wearing angel and devil costumes — for stealing cash and gold jewelry from a 91-year-old woman. A spokesperson for the local police told AFP that the trio rang the elderly woman’s doorbell in the western town of Skalica and, after the woman gave them five Euros for “good wishes,” asked for a cup of tea. When she turned her back, the sister in the angel costume stole jewelry and 45 euros from the house. But they were apprehended after a suspicious neighbor called police. [Inquirer]

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Main photo: Surveillance footage of bank robber wearing Santa hat in Tucson, Arizona [Pima County Sheriff’s Dept.]