Weird News Photos: Santa Edition

From the Santa Bandit to the Grinch Cop, check out these weird, offbeat news photos — with a holiday twist — from around the world.

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The local police department in Bourne, MA, alerted the public on Facebook about a suspect wanted for a "string of ginger bread house invasions," with photos of the popular "elf on the shelf" doll at a police line-up. The newly formed Elf Apprehension Taskforce (E.A.T.) should have the matter under control in no time.
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Thousands of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes make their way on a 5k course during the annual Santa Fun Run in Sydney, Dec. 6, 2015. Read more here.
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Kelli Barbee
Dressed in Santa Claus outfits, divers feed a turtle at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, where over half of the population is Christian. Click for more weird holiday news photos.
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Revelers dressed as Santa Claus pose for a picture at Tompkins Square Park to take part during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. The SantaCon annual event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries.
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Revelers dressed as Santa Claus gather inside at a Bar on the East Village Neighborhood during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City.
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Kelli Barbee
A drunk reveler dressed as Santa Claus sings at Tompkins Square Park as he takes part in the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jerry Cowley, aquatic safety manager at the Silverton Hotel-Casino, interacts with children as an underwater Santa Claus at the casino's aquarium in Las Vegas.
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Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver greets a child at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea, where over half of the population are Christians.
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Pat Doney, NBC 5 Sports
Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, a diver feeds to sardines at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.
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Telemundo
Santa Clauses run during snowfall at the annual St. Nicholas Run in Michendorf, Germany.
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A scuba diving Santa and his reindeer helpers decorate a tree 80 feet below the surface of waters off Japan's Sado Island. Click here for more on this story.
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Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus start to run at the annual St. Nicholas Run in Michendorf, Germany.
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A diver dressed as Santa Claus gestures to children as part of Christmas celebrations at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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AP
Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa ride up a ski lift in Newry, Maine. Participants who dressed as Santa got a free lift ticket if they donated $10 or more to the Bethel Rotary Club's annual toy drive.
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AP
A man dressed as Santa robbed a SunTrust bank in Nashville, Tenn. This image was taken from a video released by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
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Los Angeles Police Department
A diver clad in Santa Claus costume swims with fish at the 63 City Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. The Santa Claus divers are an annual attraction at the aquarium.
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More than a thousand volunteers wearing Santa Claus costumes pose in a campaign to raise money for a charity in Seoul, South Korea.
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A Sunshine International Aquarium staff member dressed in a Santa Claus costume embraces a Zebra shark as he swims with fish inside the aquarium in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
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An elephant dressed as Santa Claus passes out toys to children at a school in Thailand. The tradition has been held for at least five years at the school, where almost all the students are Buddhists.
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Lieut. Lou Caputo, dressed as the Grinch, helps Sgt. Sue Morgan with the laser gun as they look for speeders in Marathon, Fla. Lieut. Caputo wears the Grinch costume to bring attention to safe driving.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Water-skiing Santa" cruises on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. This is the 22nd anniversary of the aquatic Christmas show.
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A skydiver in a Santa costume lands after a dive over Sydney, Australia.
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Brady White, dressed as Santa Claus, drives a customized cupcake car with Lisa Pongrace and Greg Solberg at the unveiling of department store Neiman Marcus' Christmas Book in Dallas. The cars are powered by a 24-volt electric motors and cost $25,000 each.
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Santas waited in line at a phone booth in London. But they weren't just trying to call home to the North Pole; they were promoting a movie, "Santa School: The Film."
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