• Naughty, not nice: 'Santa Claus' accused of robbing South Florida woman, then fleeing police

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    The Christmas season has barely begun, and a South Florida man could be getting coal in his stocking.

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    Sean Francis Budge, 24, of Port St. Lucie, is accused of stealing a woman's glasses and riding away on a motorcycle while wearing a Santa Claus hat, TCPalm reported.

    According to an arrest affidavit, Budge stole a pair of prescription glasses from a woman leaving a bar in downtown Stuart around 11;17 p.m. Monday. The woman called the police and said the glasses were stolen by a man wearing a Santa hat, TCPalm reported.

    Several minutes later, an officer reported seeing a motorcycle traveling 70 mph down a highway, the website reported. After a chase, the motorcycle driver returned to the downtown bar and stopped in front of the business.

    Budge was arrested on charges of robbery by sudden snatching, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and resisting without violence, TCPalm reported.

     

     

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