EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Call it a ho-ho-holdup.
Police say a man dressed as Santa Claus has robbed a Rhode Island yacht club.
Authorities say a bartender was alone in the East Providence Yacht Club Sunday night when a large man wearing a red suit, red hat, white beard and carrying a sack walked into the bar and brandished a gun.
The bartender fled and ran to a nearby business where she called 911.
By the time police arrived, the Santa bandit — as well as an undetermined amount of cash from the register — was missing.
Co-owner Tony Perry tells WLNE-TV he's just glad no one was hurt.
There were no immediate arrests.