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Santa stolen on Maui

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

WAILUKU, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui police are investigating an unusual "missing persons" case. Someone has abducted Santa Claus.

On December 4 the Wailuku Community Association put the Santa (a mannequin) in a banyan tree at the corner of Vineyard Street and Market Streets.

For two weeks it was a popular attraction. Locals and tourists alike would stop and have their picture taken with Santa.

Then, last Friday, someone swiped jolly old Saint Nick in broad daylight.

"We went to the police station and made a police report. The police, I mean they were really nice you know, but the one policeman said, you know, 'We can't really do anything until we get the ransom note.'" said John Stanley Rippy, the man who donated the Santa to the community association.

"I just hope somebody give it back before Christmas. It would be kind of a nice Christmas present for our little Wailuku town. I think we're still going to have a Christmas, you know, so it's not the Grinch that stole Christmas. It's the Grinch that stole Santa," Rippy added.

The Santa is described as about 5' tall with a white beard. He is wearing a red suit with black shoes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Maui police. Or ... if you've got Santa, just drop him off back at the park no questions asked.

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