'Santa Bandit' Hits Madera Convenience Stores

Madera County sheriff's deputies are hoping surveillance video will help them identify and catch the man they say robbed two convenience stores at gunpoint Saturday night.

The first hold-up happened in the city of Madera, while the second occurred in the county. One of those stores caught the armed suspect -- dubbed the "Santa Bandit" -- on video.

According to deputies, the man appears to be in his early 20s. He was wearing a red Santa Claus hat and a black sweatshirt.

Deputies say he was seen driving away in a dark-colored Cadillac.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.