Two masked men dressed in Santa hats robbed a royal guard of his automatic weapon in Stockholm last night.
The pair mounted a successful surprise attack on the guard, The Local reports.
"This is serious. I have a hard time believing it is a prank. It might be premeditated," said appropriately-named local police commander Anders Krook.
The gun stolen by the bad Santas was a loaded AK-5, fitted with a bayonet.
"I don't know what level of force the robbers used and if they made threats, but firing a gun is the last course of action," said a spokesman for the royal guards.
A review of security procedures has been launched. ®