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Santa goes missing after stag party

Authorities in Minnesota, America, are on the lookout for a stag party group that stole a full-size Santa Claus figure and an elf from inside a Stearns County bar and restaurant.

Remains of the festive characters were found nearby in a mini-bus that shuttled a group of stag party participants to a nearby bar, according to the Chief Sheriff's Deputy.

One of the men apparently "ripped Santa's beard off, ripped his hat off and took the bag of gifts off his shoulder," according to bar owner Brian Stradtman. "Who knows where the rest of Santa is?"

The Sheriff's Office is said to be closing in on the guys at the centre of this festive crime and will question them about Santa's fate.