‘Santa,’ 2nd fishy susp in heist nab
A CROOKED Kris Kringle and a thief in a yellow fisherman’s jacket have been bagged by the feds in a Queens robbery spree.
Authorities say the two men are responsible for a string of heists, including one in January, where the crook sported a Santa hat and beard, and another in February where the perpetrator wore a full-length yellow slicker.
The duo allegedly behind the costumed capers, Robert Bliss, 48, and Jimmy Fanfan, 46, were arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court, and remanded earlier this month on robbery charges.
Both had been out on parole, Bliss for a narcotics rap and Fanfan for burglary.
According to arrest papers unsealed Monday, law enforcement agents were investigating a string of business robberies between January and April.
Eight of the suspected robberies involved a gray getaway car, which had stolen license plates in at least four of the cases, court papers said.
The “Santa” stickup happened Jan. 4, when he robbed a Flushing BP gas station. An accomplice, “wearing a face covering,” swiped cigarettes and $900 from the cash register, court papers said.
The February fisherman jacket job looted another gas station of $1,500, car keys and other merchandise.
Prosecutors didn’t say which of the pair was “Santa” or “the fisherman.”
Neither suspects’ attorney could be reached for comment.
Bliss and Fanfan could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.