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Reindeer stopped in traffic on way to meet Santa, police say

Reindeer stopped in traffic on way to meet Santa, police say

SCHERERVILLE – A reindeer on its way to meet up with Santa was stopped on U.S. 30 in Schererville, police said. An officer took a photo with the festive creature before it continued on its mission.

A little after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, a driver called police after they thought they saw a live deer in the back of a van driving through Schererville, Schererville police Cmdr. Jeff Cook said.

Officer Anthony Rubino stopped the van in question on U.S. 30 and Fountain View Drive, west of U.S. 41 by Culver’s. He opened the doors and found himself face-to-face with a reindeer on a mission.

Police said the reindeer was being transported for an event where he was meeting up with the “big man.”

“Understandably due to the nature of the mission, the officer was not told which one of Santa's reindeer it was, or where they were going, but they were nice enough to pose for a quick picture before going on their way,” Schererville police said.

The reindeer was later spotted Thursday at Protsman Elementary School in Dyer accompanied by a man in a festive hat, red tunic and striped tights, presumably a North Pole elf. The reindeer was reportedly spreading cheer to Schererville children and being pet for a job well done. 

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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