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Second mysterious Santa visits Wausau kids

WAUSAU (WAOW) – Another mysterious Santa Claus has turned up in Wausau giving toys to some elementary students.

The incident, which occurred on the city's north side, raised some suspicions but turned out to be more odd than harmful, Lt. Mark Pankow of the Wausau Police Department said Friday.

About 11 a.m. Thursday as some Maine Elementary students got off a bus at Kwik Trip near Fleet Farm, a 35-year-old man dressed as Santa Claus greeted them and tried to hand out “dolls of some sort,” Pankow said.

Some students recognized him as the father of another Maine student, Pankow said.

Police talked to a woman and two children at Maine school about the incident but did not investigate further, only noting it in its daily reports because it was odd, Pankow said.

There was no concern expressed by children and parents about safety concerns,” Pankow said.

In November, Wausau Police said a Salvation Army bell ringer dressed as Santa Claus and on his way home stopped outside Franklin Elementary School and handed Beanie Babies to some students through a fence.

A teacher spotted the scene, gave the toys back to the man, asked him to leave and he did without incident. Police said the man didn't mean any harm. 

Pankow said Friday the two Santas were different men.

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