MORROW, Ga., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in Georgia said a man dressed as an elf was arrested for allegedly telling a mall Santa that he was carrying explosives.
Morrow police said William Caldwell III, 45, got in line to have his picture taken with Santa Claus at the Southlake Mall at about 6:45 p.m. and allegedly told St. Nick that he was carrying dynamite in his bag, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.
Police quickly arrested Morrow and a bomb squad determined the dynamite threat was a hoax.
Morrow was booked into the Clayton County Jail on charges of having hoax devices, making terroristic threats, false imprisonment, simple assault, reckless conduct, disorderly conduct and false public alarm.
Investigators said Caldwell was dressed as a Christmas elf but was not affiliated with the mall or its Santa Claus.