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Man dressed as Santa robs bank on Christmas Eve

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 10:49 a.m. MDT

A man wearing a Santa cap and a fake white beard made of cotton balls, entered University of Utah Credit Union, 2755 S. Redwood Road, about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money (West Valley City Police Department) A man wearing a Santa cap and a fake white beard made of cotton balls, entered University of Utah Credit Union, 2755 S. Redwood Road, about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money (West Valley City Police Department)

WEST VALLEY CITY — A man partially dressed as Santa Claus was apparently more interested in taking than giving on Christmas Eve.

A man wearing a Santa cap and a fake white beard made of cotton balls, entered University of Utah Credit Union, 2755 S. Redwood Road, about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money, said West Valley Deputy Police Chief Mike Powell.

The bank robber was described as a black male, between 35 and 40 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt, blue jeans and light colored gloves.

That bank robbery was one of two in Salt Lake County on Tuesday.

Just before 11 a.m., a man entered Health Care Credit Union, 769 E. South Temple, and demanded money, according to Salt Lake police. The man left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A man wearing a Santa cap and a fake white beard made of cotton balls, entered University of Utah Credit Union, 2755 S. Redwood Road, about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money (West Valley City Police Department) A man wearing a Santa cap and a fake white beard made of cotton balls, entered University of Utah Credit Union, 2755 S. Redwood Road, about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money (West Valley City Police Department)

He was described as a white man, between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, with tattoos on his neck. He was last seen wearing dark rimmed glasses, a black beanie cap, black gloves and a dark jacket.

Anyone with information in the West Valley robbery is asked to call police at 801-840-4000 or 801-799-3000 in the Salt Lake robbery.

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