'Mother Christmas' robber arrested in Alsace

19th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

METZ, France, Nov 18 (AFP) - French police have arrested a woman they believe disguised herself as Santa Claus during the attempted armed robbery of an old-age pensioner.

METZ, France, Nov 18 (AFP) - French police have arrested a woman they believe disguised herself as Santa Claus during the attempted armed robbery of an old-age pensioner.

The 37-year-old woman was being questioned over the crime, which took place Monday, officers said.

The victim, aged in her 80s, answered the door of her home in the eastern French town of Stenay to find a woman wearing a Santa Claus mask and brandishing a long knife standing there and demanding she hand over her money.

The elderly woman quickly stepped outside and locked her attacker in the apartment while she called police from a neighbour's place.

When officers arrived they saw the perpetrator had fled, leaving the knife and mask behind.

The suspect was arrested Tuesday and was to appear in court on Friday.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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