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Santa Robbed of Handmade Coat in Kansas Van Theft

Associated Press - December 19, 2016 11:38 am

Police say a fiery crash of a semi-trailer truck will close one direction of Interstate 435 near Kansas City through mid-morning Thursday.

Someone is on Santa’s naughty list after making off with his jacket and toy bag.

The Kansas City Star reports that the theft happened Saturday when longtime Santa actor 62-year-old Gary Senner stopped for coffee before spending the day hearing children’s Christmas wishes. While he was inside a convenience store in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, someone drove off with his van.

He was wearing his Santa pants, but he left his coat and keys in the vehicle. Senner says police came and took a report, but he had to bum a ride.

He said his mother made his Santa outfit, which he describes as “very distinctive.” It is burgundy, not bright red, and has fur trim.

Senner says it’s “pretty upsetting to say the least.”

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