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Manatee man says 'Santa Claus' robbed him

MANATEE - A Manatee man told deputies he was robbed by a man he knew as "Santa Claus" and two other men, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The 51-year-old victim said he met a woman named "Candy" at a local bar, and brought her to his trailer in the 5900 block of 14th Street West, where they had sex. Later, Candy" introduced him to Santa Claus, and on Sunday Santa Claus brought the two other men to the victim's trailer to hang out, the sheriff's office said.

Santa Claus and the two other men then began hitting and kicking the victim until he passed out. They then took his wallet.

For the next several hours, the victim's debit card was used at several businesses along 14th Street West, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim was left with a black eye, but he did not require medical treatment.

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