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'Elf' jailed over hoax

2009-12-03 21:42

Morrow - A 45-year-old man dressed as an elf to have his picture taken with Santa Claus has been jailed after telling him that he was carrying dynamite.

Police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Southlake mall in suburban Atlanta was evacuated, but no explosives were found.

Morrow police arrested William C Caldwell, who was being held without bond on Thursday in the Clayton county jail.

Police say Caldwell got in line on Wednesday evening to have his picture taken with Santa Claus.

They say when Caldwell reached the front of the line, he told Santa he had dynamite in his bag. Santa called mall security and Caldwell was arrested.

Caldwell faces several charges, including having hoax devices and making terrorist threats.