A man dressed as Santa Claus robbed a San Francisco bank on Saturday, using SantaCon as a cover to escape undetected.

SantaCon Robber

The robbery occurred at a Wells Fargo in Union Square on Saturday, Dec. 13, the same day hundreds of people flooded the city streets wearing Santa outfits for SantaCon, the annual parade and bar crawl. The man, described as a white man in his 40s, approximately 5’11” in height, walked into the bank around 1 p.m. and proceeded to pass one of the bank tellers a note. In the note, the man claimed he had a gun and demanded cash. The teller reportedly handed the robber a bag full of money, though the exact amount is unknown. The man then fled to the streets, blending in with SantaCon and evading capture.

“Any other day, Santa would have stood out, but that day Santa was everywhere,” said police Sgt. Monica MacDonald.

No arrests have been made and the SFPD is currently working with the FBI on the investigation.

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