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December 2015

Gun-toting Santa Claus robbed a jewelry store on Christmas Eve

Ben Hooper
STETTLER, Alberta, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Police in Alberta are searching for a Grinch-in-Santa’s-clothing who robbed a jewelry store on Christmas Eve while dressed as St. Nick.

Officer’s ‘passion for Lego’ credited with banana recovery

Ben Hooper
ALICE RIVER, Australia, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Police in Australia said a forensic officer’s “passion for Lego” led to the recovery of a Lego banana stolen from an art exhibit.

Hawaii vacation leads to charges for former Connecticut cop

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A vacation in Hawaii not only cost a former Connecticut police officer his job, but also led to criminal charges being brought against him.

Canadian Bad Santa pulls Christmas Eve heist, escapes in Hummer

Canadian Bad Santa pulls Christmas Eve heist, escapes in Hummer

Canadian Bad Santa pulls Christmas Eve heist, escapes in Hummer

By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – A man dressed as Santa Claus robbed a small-town Canadian jewelry store at gunpoint on Christmas Eve, before dashing away in a Hummer, police said on Wednesday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the red-and-white-garbed robber entered a jewelry store in Stettler, Alberta, in late afternoon last Thursday. Wearing a Santa suit may have been a strategic move by the robber, said Sergeant Phil Penny, who said he had seen other robbers wear garish sweaters and wigs.

Police: Burrito filled with heroin syringe delivered to hospital

Ben Hooper
BRADENTON, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) — Police in Florida said a burrito dropped off for a patient at a hospital was found to include a syringe of heroin.

New Orleans police solve case of mysterious Christmas tree

Daniel Uria
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Police in New Orleans have discovered the cause of what appeared to be a lit Christmas tree seen in the window of an abandoned hospital.

New York police add 1,123 new officers, including 3 brothers

Brothers Stephan, left, John, center, and Alec Favale pose for photographers before the New York City Police Department Police Academy graduation ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Three sons of a New York Police Department official were sworn in as officers Tuesday, in what may mark the first time three siblings have ever graduated from the city's police academy at one time.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is welcoming 1,123 new officers — and for three of them the job is all in the family.

Police: Nude burglar braved 37-degree temperatures for purse theft

Ben Hooper
AUBURN, Calif., Dec. 28 (UPI) — Police in California said frigid 37-degree temperatures did not influence the fashion choices of a purse-purloining burglar who broke into a home while nude.

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