Police Search for Thief in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Costume

By Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
December 28, 2018 Updated: December 28, 2018

It is always tragic when a celebrity falls from grace. Beautiful, gifted people with wealth and talents sometimes do make bad choices and end up making questionable choices. Hollywood stars have been convicted of shoplifting and burglary, among other crimes.

The deepest sorrow comes from seeing a childhood hero—a holiday icon we all grew up loving—appearing in the news for breaking the law.

Such a sad tale comes out of Fort Collins, Colorado, this Christmas season, when sadly, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer appeared to turn to a life of crime.

A thief wearing a plush Rudolph head broke into a business in downtown Fort Collins on Dec. 18. The thief made off with “several items” according to a post on the Fort Collins Police Services Facebook page.

A thief in a red-nosed reindeer mask
Surveillance video shows a woman in a Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer mask stealing from a business in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Fort Collins Police Services)

Apparently Rudolph wasn’t cut out for a life of crime. While inside the store, pilfering small items, the thief removed her Rudolph head, revealing her true identity.

Unfortunately, so far no one has come forward to put a name to the face behind the mask, so the miscreant is still having a happy holiday season at other people’s expense.

“If you have any info about this incident or know [the] suspect’s identity, let us know so we can notify St. Nick,” the Fort Collins police posted.

One person responded, “In light of this new evidence, will the ‘Grinch’ now be exonerated?”

However long it takes the intrepid officers of the Fort Collins force to track down the Christmas burglar, the incident has already made history.

Fort Collins police officers were inspired to write a poem about the incident. One officer even turned the poem into a song.

“Officer Sarah doesn’t appreciate criminals defaming beloved holiday icons, and she was happy to assist,” according to the police Facebook page.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Burglar

Since 9NEWS (KUSA) helped spread the word about our Rudolph burglary case, we've gotten quite a few requests for a musical rendition of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Burglar." Officer Sarah doesn't appreciate criminals defaming beloved holiday icons, and she was happy to assist. Here's the story: https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/police-asking-for-help-to-id-burglar-disguised-as-rudolph/73-f906b7c2-0588-4c90-9cb8-3912d0b54e1b?fbclid=IwAR0NTMmkCw5mPPwdml3Ozv4VgHIEeN8LSxRo2EnN3UTiV3tr_fxMeTA4fssWho needs the #lipsyncchallenge when you can sing to help solve crimes?

Fort Collins Police Services 发布于 2018年12月24日周一

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Burglar
Had a very shady scheme
And if you saw the video
It would want to make you scream.

All of the other burglars
Used to steal without disguise
They weren’t like this Rudolph
She’s different from the other guys.

On one foggy December eve
Rudolph came to steal.
Broke into a Hickory shop,
Never expected to see a cop.

Oh how the camera caught her
As she committed burglary
Rudolph the Red Nosed Criminal
We need your help with her I.D.”

If you can be one of Santa’s crime-fighting helpers and deliver a tip about the identity of this thief, the Fort Collins police urges you to call Officer Treutler at 970-221-6555 or Larimer County Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.


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