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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Casper police say they arrested a shoplifter with the help of a man dressed as Santa Claus.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the man who only identified himself as St. Nick said he noticed the thief drop something among the trees at his Christmas tree lot on Monday.

He says he did not think the act was suspicious until he noticed a police officer.

A Rocky Mountain Discount Sports store employee had accused a man of shoplifting.

The suspect initially denied it until St. Nick showed Sgt. Scott Jones the grove of trees where the thief had stashed the stolen merchandise.

Jones says the thief admitted to the theft, but was not arrested.

Jones says he was instead cited for the crime.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,