WATERLOO — Someone stole Santa’s bag at an Iowa mall, and one of his little helpers was implicated and spent Christmas in jail.

The assistant manager of North Cherry Hill Santa Shop, which ran the Santa photography experience at Waterloo's Crossroads Shopping Center leading up to Christmas, went to Waterloo police Dec. 17 to report a theft of the bag — a green bank bag full of cash, not the Jolly Old Elf’s bag of toys.

Police said the investigation pointed to Santa shop employee Jennifer Elisabeth Wilson. Wilson, 36, was arrested Christmas Eve day on a warrant for misdemeanor third-degree theft and she was released from the Black Hawk County Jail on Dec. 28.

The bag contained $665.47 in cash, according to police reports.

According to court records, Wilson had worked part of a shift at the Santa shop Dec. 16 and then left. She allegedly returned to Crossroads Mall that night and was seen in the area of the shop, records state.

When questioned by police, Wilson said she took the shop’s bank bag to Regions Bank on West Ridgeway Avenue and deposited the money, court records state.

Bank officials told police they hadn’t received a deposit from North Cherry Hill since Dec. 12, court records indicate.