Armed Santa-dressed suspect robs North Carolina cell phone store

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A man dressed as Santa and carrying a possible shotgun robbed a cell phone store over the weekend, according to information from Durham police.

The incident happened Saturday around 9:30 a.m. at Boost Mobile at 2000 Avondale Drive, police said.

The man dressed as Santa Claus entered the store and pulled out a gun and demanded money, according to police.

He put the money in a red bag and fled. Two surveillance images were released Wednesday from the robbery.

He was described as a black male, between 20 to 25 years old, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 300 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Walsh at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29248 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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