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Gunman wearing Santa hat robs drug store in San Diego

December 24, 2011 |  1:06 pm

A gunman wearing a Santa Claus hat and a mask held up a pharmacy in the Point Loma neighborhood on the morning before Christmas, San Diego police said Saturday.

After the 10 a.m. stickup, the robber escaped from Point Loma Cabrillo Drug with an undisclosed amount of money and pills, police said. He was described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old, wearing a dust mask over his mouth and nose.

The drug store heist was the second crime reported this Christmas season in the San Diego area where the crook was wearing a Santa hat.

A  bank robber wearing a Santa hat and sunglasses robbed a bank in suburban Encinitas on Dec. 16. The bandit told the teller that he had a sick child to support and asked that no dye pack or GPS be put in with the money.

The bank robber was described as 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6. The drug store bandit was described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot. No connection between the two is known.

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