NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An armed suspect dressed as Santa Claus robbed a local bank Tuesday morning and told tellers he was doing so to "pay his elves."
At 10 a.m., police said the man, dressed in a full Santa Claus costume complete with a hat, beard and sack over his shoulder, entered the Sun Trust Bank branch located at 4809 Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage, just north of Lebanon Pike, and approached a teller.
According to witnesses, Santa was wearing sunglasses and the teller asked him to remove them.
The suspect refused, reached into his sack and pulled out a gun.
He demanded money and told tellers if they put dye bombs with the money he'd come back "kill everyone."
He took the money and fled, telling employees and customers in the bank he needed the money because "Santa needed to pay his elves."
The amount of money stolen was not determined.
According to witnesses, the suspect was clumsy and seemed jovial.
No further information was released.
Anyone recognizing the suspect is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.