Four men dressed as Santa Claus and carrying automatic rifles danced and sang their way through a shopping mall in Tirana, Albania on Christmas Eve, and then robbed a jewelry store, the Balkan Insight website reports today (December 26, 2013).
An eyewitness said that the robbers had entered the mall dancing and singing -- with their guns hidden -- but once inside the store they took the weapons out and pointed them at the shopkeeper.
The jeweler first resisted, but one of the men hit her on the head with the butt of a rifle before they made their way out with the loot, he said.
"The suspects robbed a quantity of jewelry and escaped in a Mercedes Benz," police said in a statement. "A few minutes later the authors of the robbery abandoned the car on a country road and set it on fire," the statement added.