Rudolph the red-nosed burglar sought by police

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A burglar wearing the mask of the much-loved Christmas reindeer is filmed stealing from a business in Colorado.

Rudolph was on Santa’s naughty list this year after a burglary in the Colorado city of Fort Collins.

The burglar, who appears to be female, broke into a business in the town and was filmed on CCTV stealing several items.

She was wearing a large Rudolph mask, which she briefly took off near the end of the footage.

Fort Collins police appealed to residents with information about Santa’s wayward helper to tell them “so we can notify St Nick”.

The burglary was in the early hours of 18 December.

But, along with releasing the CCTV footage, police also tailored the classic Christmas song to back up their appeal.