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Hatter sentenced to three years for Christmas Eve Santa Claus robbery in Stettler

By Medicine Hat News on March 24, 2017.

A Medicine Hat man has been sentenced to more than three years in custody for a Christmas Eve jewelry store robbery where police say the thief was dressed as Santa Claus.

Shawn Barry Steier pleaded guilty in Stettler Provincial Court earlier this month to robbery with a firearm, as well as being disguised with intent to commit an offence and other weapons charges for his part in the 2015 robbery.

RCMP say a lone man entered Wares Jewellers in Stettler, produced a firearm and demanded jewelry and precious stones.

They say he then left the store and drove away in a black Hummer. No employees were hurt.

On top of the custody sentence, Steier received a lifetime firearms prohibition, and must pay restitution and a fine.

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