A thieving Santa Claus attempted to snatch cash from a KFC restaurant in Derbyshire on Saturday night (19.12.15).
The armed robber, dressed as the famous festive figure in his red suit and matching hat, left staff fearing for their life when he clambered through the fast-food chain's drive-through window and demanded money while holding a knife.
Joshua Smith, a former employee, took to his Twitter account to announce the criminal was waving the weapon around in a bid to gain access to safe in the "terrifying" raid.
He wrote: "Thoughts with everyone at KFC Alfreton. Must've been terrifying. Worked with some incredible people there few moons ago, wish them all well."
He then clarified his tweet by adding: "A man, dressed as Santa, entered via the drive thru window and threatened all staff with a knife to gain access to the safe."
Police have described the man as 5ft 10inches tall and of a stocky build, according to the Daily Mirror newspaper.
The crime took place at about 10:30pm in Alfreton and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help with their on-going investigation.
It's not known if the criminal managed to get any cash.