On Christmas eve

Bad Santa makes off with jewels after brazen heist

The RCMP are on the hunt for a Bad Santa, and are hoping people in the community may have insight to a brazen Christmas eve robbery.

The Stettler RCMP are on the hunt for a Bad Santa, and are hoping people in the community may have insight to a brazen Christmas eve robbery.

Around 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 24, a man dressed as Santa Claus entered Wares Jewelers in Stettler and proceeded to rob the store at gunpoint. The man, described as a “pocked-faced” Caucasian around five-foot-eleven-inches tall, entered the store wearing Santa Claus’ jovial red and white winter suit, wore gloves and a fake beard and hat. Despite the suit, he didn’t appear to have Santa’s girth, being described as slim and skinny.

The bad Santa made off with an undisclosed amount of precious stones in a hummer SUV-type of vehicle, driving away on Main Street.The vehicle was later found abandoned on a residential street in Stettler, and surveillance video from the area appears to show that the suspect was picked up by someone driving an older-model pick-up truck, “possibly a Chevrolet, extended cab or crew cab with chrome running boards,” Stettler RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Phil Penny said.

No one was harmed during the commission of the offence, Penny noted.

Police continue to investigate, but the RCMP are asking anyone with information to phone the detachment at 403-742-3382 or anonymously phone Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Just Posted

Red Deer resident releases a set of inspiring new titles

Bev Burton excited to share her story via Create Your Calm Waters and Arise & Shine

National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is May 18th

Alberta RCMP participates in Canada Road Safety Week during Victoria Day long weekend

‘Shop Stettler’ awareness campaign is underway

Promotional campaign runs through to June 8th

Unveil Studio’s new project, Dream, explores meaning and purpose

The episodic series, shot by Matt and Dan Kooman, consists of inspiring stories from around the world

Stettler’s own Dacia Gramlick performs June 8th at the Stettler Alliance Church

Gramlick heads to Salzburg, Austria in July for an exciting learning opportunity

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Authorities warn out-of-control wildfire could cut northern Alberta town’s electricity

Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 35 south of High Level due to the fire

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

Those against Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aren’t worried about promise to fight critics of energy industry

Almost $13 million to be paid to Grande Prairie hospital subcontractors, others

No reasons for the Court of Queen’s Bench order were released

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

Two female passengers in the Corolla, aged 31 and 65, died at the scene

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

‘What’s your number?’: Advocates urge Canadians to check their blood pressure

May 17 is World Hypertension Day, marked to spread awareness on the risks of high blood pressure

National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day is May 18

Alberta RCMP participates in Canada Road Safety Week during Victoria Day long weekend

Most Read