‘Santa,’ 2nd fishy susp in heist nab

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW KESHNER

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.

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