Bourne police are warning citizens to watch out for a tiny Christmas trickster, intent on spreading holiday cheer.

The department posted a wanted notice for a festive-looking elf on its Facebook page Sunday, reporting they were searching for the suspect in connection with a string of gingerbread house invasions.

“Wanted person: use caution,” the post read. “Known to spread Christmas cheer and a specialist in covert surveillance. Often seen hiding in high places.”

Police believe the mischief-maker reports to Kris Kringle, who also goes by the aliases “Father Christmas” and “Santa.”

The elf was seen in his most recent mug shot wearing a tall, pointed red hat and a red jumper with a festive white collar.


Bourne police warned citizens to keep a safe distance from the suspect, as direct contact could cause him to lose the ability to report to Santa who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

“Do not approach and especially DO NOT touch as this is known to cause loss of magical abilities to report back to his jolly kingpin!” said police in the Cape Cod town, where things tend to quiet down during the off-season.

Wakefield police have also joined The Elf on the Shelf fun, posting a photo to Twitter of an elf hanging from a door handle.

“The Wakefield PD had an unexpected visitor looking to apply for a job for the holiday season,” the department tweeted.

The Elf on the Shelf, based on a book of the same name, has become a Christmas tradition in many homes over the past several years. In the tradition, children are told the elf has been sent to their home to watch over their behavior.

Each night while the kids are asleep, the elf is moved to a new position in the house, often in whimsical positions with holiday decorations or creating a mess around the house. Parents often post photos of the elf to social media.


Wanted Person: Use Caution. Wanted in a "string"of ginger bread house invasions. Known to spread Christmas Cheer and a...

Posted by Bourne Police Department on Sunday, December 6, 2015

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